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Oakland (Calif.) defensive tackle/defensive end Derrick Hill (6-2, 270, 5.3) has all five of his official visits lined up.

"I don't know the dates on three of them off the top of my head, but I know that I'm going to Washington, Oregon, Arizona and USC on December 3 and Cal on December 10, for my official visits," said Hill, from McClymonds High School.

"My parents actually helped me out in deciding on the Washington and Arizona official visits. I also really like both Arizona State and Colorado, so I had to choose on two visits between those four schools," he said. "I don't have a bye-week this season, so these visits are set days and it would be very hard for me to reschedule them. They're set for me.

"I really like Arizona State's academic program and I still want to think about it as a place for me to commit to. I'm hoping that I get a good feel for Arizona State by taking that official to Arizona.

"Colorado is a also a good program and I've been thinking about them a lot lately too."

"I'm still in contact with both of the coaches from those programs.

"When it comes down to it though, I don't have a leader but both Cal and USC keep coming up as places that are real good to go to in the conversations I've been having with people. I've also been thinking about both of them a lot on my own lately.

"No one program has been recruiting me the hardest. They've all been very consistent with the amount of interest they've shown in me," he said.

"I like Washington's program because of the fact that they've got a black head coach in coach (Tyrone) Willingham. That's pretty rare for an upper level program. He's also a winning coach and they're very interested in me.

"Oregon has been a powerhouse for many years now and I've been loving them even before they offered me," said Hill.

"I've really liked USC for a long time now and Cal is just so close to home. Plus, the coaches at Cal have just shown me so much love.

"I like Arizona because of the fact that they've been on me since the 10th grade."

2.8 GPA/1250 SAT--September retest--"I'm already qualified, but I just want to get a better score."

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