Inside Texas: What are you thoughts on Brock's decision to enroll at Texas early?
Derek Fitzhenry: I was all for it. Obviously we'd love to have him here, but it's his decision and it's what he wants but I was behind him on it. He'll miss track, but he'll still walk and go to prom and all that, but he's getting college started as well.
IT: When he finally steps onto the football field, what will his role at Texas be?
Fitzhenry: I don't know. I think slot receiver. He's got a quick start and he gets to full speed in a hurry. They'll try to get him the ball in space, get him the ball quick, and he can break tackle. He can do a whole lot of things, but I think slot receiver is where they're planning on using him.
IT: So coaches been talking about him being on offense, regardless of where on offense he plays.
Fitzhenry: Yes, that's right.
IT: As a football player, what are Brock's strengths?
Fitzhenry: His work ethic and his competitiveness. He's just special. That's what he has that will separate him. It's his winning attitude. I know Coach (Mack) Brown is always looking for players like Brock, players that know how to win. Those are the kind of players they recruit at Texas and Brock definitely knows how to win.
IT: And what does he need to improve that will allow him to make that jump to the next level?
Fitzhenry: He's got to learn the scheme. He's not played receiver because we just snapped it to, made sure the ball went straight to him every play. He's played it in 7-on-7, just not at that level.
IT: What's it been like working with Mack Brown in your son's recruitment?
Fitzhenry: I know everybody says it, but he's great. He respects his position. He respects that he's the head coach at the University of Texas. Some coaches don't do that. He's also very honest, all the coaches at Texas are. Coach (Greg) Davis recruited Brock and he was very upfront with us on scholarship, numbers, who they're looking at. Recruiting isn't always on the up-and-up, you know? Texas, they're always very honest about things.
IT: We know a lot about Brock's rather prolific statistics, but what is he like off the field?
Fitzhenry: On the football field he's the most fierce competitor, but off it, he's Opie Taylor. Seriously. He'll shake your hand and be pleased to meet you. He's completely at ease around adults and is a great young man. I know, I know, being a dad it's easy to brag, but he's just a tremendous young man who's also a fierce competitor.
IT: You've seen him as an athlete from the get-go, but is there a particular event or situation or game early-on where he stepped up beyond expectations and really showed you how special an athlete he was?
Fitzhenry: It was track meet at LSU. Both high school and collegiate players were there and Brock ran the 60 meters. Michael Huff was there running for Texas in the 60 as well, but on the college side. Well, Michael Huff ran a 6.4 and Brock won the high school event with a 6.5. Now, Brock did this as a high school sophomore and that's not hand-timed. This is FAT, electronically timed events and on the same track Brock was just an inch behind Huff. That's special. And I tried not to mention his accomplishments too much, made sure the kids didn't think I was giving him any preferential treatment, but now that his high school career is over and I can look back, it was something special.
IT: How did he handle the recruiting process as he started to receive more and more attention?
Fitzhenry: Great. He takes it all in stride. He would be in the paper all the time and people would call him, but he never got a big head about himself. Any of his teachers would tell you he was just a normal student and didn't act like he was bigger than any of the other players or any of the other kids at the school. He's a good kid and Texas is getting a great player in Brock.
UT Signing Day Bio: A three-time all-state selection and district 23-3A MVP who played quarterback in high school ... a two-sport star who also earned all-state honors in track and field ... a four-year starter who posted 9,113 yards of total offense (7,158 rushing/1,400 passing) ... his 7,158 career rushing yards (10.4 ypc) rank in the Top 20 in Texas prep history ... ranks in the Top 10 in Texas prep history with 99 career rushing TDs and 602 total points scored ... tabbed one of the state's Top 10 athletes by Dave Campbell's Texas Football ... posted 36 career 100-yard rushing games (ninth in Texas history), including 27 consecutive 100-yard rushing games (fourth in Texas history) ... led his team to two district titles and a 24-2 record in two years as the starting QB ... earned second-team 3A all-state honors at quarterback by The Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior ... posted 2,003 total yards (1,803 rushing/200 passing) in helping his team to an 11-1 record and a berth in the second round of the state playoffs ... rushed 196 times for 1,803 yards (9.2 ypc) and 25 TDs ... tabbed honorable mention 3A all-state by The Associated Press as a junior ... helped his team reach the regional quarterfinals of the 3A Div. II state playoffs (13-1 record) ... tallied 3,397 total yards (2,897 rushing/500 passing) ... tallied 2,897 yards on 256 carries (11.3 ypc) and 38 TDs ... recorded 385 yards rushing and six TDs in a playoff game against Wharton ... tabbed honorable mention 3A all-state by The Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association as a sophomore ... totaled 3,713 yards of offense (2,465 rushing/700 passing) and 47 TDs ... had a career-high during his first playoff game against Bellville with seven TDs and 325 yards rushing ... played DB as a freshman ... a three-time all-state honoree in track and field ... helped his 4x200-meter relay team set a Texas Relays' record (1:27.59, 2006) ... also won a silver medal in the 4x400-meter relay at the Texas Relays ... Born 10/7/88 in Monroe, La. ... full name is Brock Edwin Fitzhenry ... has lived in Rustin, La. (ages 0-2), Humble (ages 2-12), Odessa (ages 12-14) and Giddings (ages 14-present) ... a prep honor student ... earned second-team academic all-state honors as a senior ... father, Derek, was his high school coach ... active in community service and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... participated in school-organized food drives ... helped with a Haunted House project that benefited local charities ... participated in Relay for Life, a cancer awareness and fundraising project ... his father, Derek, played TE at La. Tech (1985-89) and his mother, Angele, was head cheerleader at La. Tech (1983-86) ... enjoys art.
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