Derek Hrinya Ready to Make an Impact

New York athlete Derek Hrinya is ready to don the pads for the Orange after a successful senior season. There is no question of where he will play his college football, but there are some questions as to whether he will play offense or defense once he arrives.

Derek Hrinya, a 6-foot-0, 205 pound athlete fromm Warwick, N.Y. had a good senior season, but he isn't concerned about personal accolades.

"Our season could have been better. We lost in the playoffs, but I played all right. I scored like 12 touchdowns -- nothing to0 crazy. I received a couple of awards. I think one was the Golden 50 -- I try not to concentrate on stats, but I was at my football banquet on Sunday and I remember them saying that," Hrinya said.

The Scout.com two-star prospect seems to be just what the Orange need -- a strong competitor that puts the team above himself and Hrinya feels confident that they will be winning a lot of football games sooner rather than later.

"I took my official visit (12/10) and it went really well. I talked to the staff and the players while I was there and the attitude seems great," Hrinya stated.

Hrinya also got more in depth about what he did while he was on his official visit.

"Tony Fiammetta was my host for the visit. He is a red-shirt freshman who plays fullback. He was really great. He talked to me about the transition that you have to make coming from high school to college."

"The campus is crazy. I have never seen anything like it. It was really nice. We went to a basketball game and we were right there. It was neat. The thing I may have liked the most about the campus is that it is compact. Everything is right there," Hrinya explained.

Hrinya is a multitalented athlete and he could play either offense or defense on the next level. The Orange staff may also be having a hard time deciding where his future lies.

"No one has given me a real definite answer on where I will wind up," Hrinya said. "The head coach wants me to play safety, the running back coach wants me to play running back, and the wide receiver coach talked to me about playing there. It is a joke between them because they kind of argue over where I will play. It is a lot of fun."

"I feel comfortable on both sides of the ball. I like everything about defense, but I especially like hitting. I have been playing offense my whole life, so of course I feel comfortable on that side of the ball."


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