Devin Hedgepeth: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Derby (Kan.) High School head coach Brandon Clark about Devin Hedgepth, a 6-0, 190-pound athlete from Derby, Kan.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Brandon Clark: He's got the total package. He's fast, he's quick, he's long, he's strong, but probably his greatest asset is his mind. He's a very smart kid.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Brandon Clark: Probably like any kid, I think it will be the speed of the game. I think his mind is going to be able to handle whatever they throw at him, but going from high school to Division I, there is a big chance in the speed.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Brandon Clark: There was a game this year against Dodge City in the state quarterfinals and Devin had three unbelievable catches --– they were diving catches on third-and-long plays in which he was covered well. But Devin being the athlete that he is, he's made some big-time plays for us the past three years but those catches were right up there and helped us move on to the next round of the playoffs.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Brandon Clark: Physical. Smart. Competitor.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Brandon Clark: The coaches. He's not one of those kids who wasn't going to go for just glamour or anything like that. He's going to choose where he thinks he'll fit in and where he thinks he'll get along with the players and coaches. I think coaches and people recruiting him he felt real comfortable with.

What type of impact to you expect him to have on the OSU football program?
Brandon Clark: Devin can do whatever he sets his mind to, and I know that he wants to play and I know he wants to be a big-time contributor. So if that's something he sets his mind to, which I know it is, he's going to do just that.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Brandon Clark: You know we talked about this. We talked about whether he wants to play football after college, and that's been on his mind, but whenever Devin leaves college he's going to be successful at whatever he decides. He's going to have an opportunity to be a very successful businessman or whatever he sets his mind to, or I believe if he sets his mind on playing after college he can be very successful at that too.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Brandon Clark: That he's my son's role model. My 3-year-old son can't stop talking about him. There's nobody in the world that I'd rather have be a role model for my son than Devin.

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