Hill lists USC in top 4

Oakland (Calif.) defensive tackle/defensive end Derrick Hill (6-2, 270, 5.3) says his top four schools are California, USC, Oregon and Arizona. That's the order that he named the programs--and all have offered, according to Hill.

"Out of that list I don't have a leader yet. I really want to see these schools before I think about that. I want to take my official visits and be sure about a school before I commit. I'll probably do that after the season," said Hill, from McClymonds High School.

"Cal has got a nice, young defensive line, so I feel I could go in there and compete for a position on it. I really respect coach (Ken) Delgado (defensive line). He's a cool coach and I've established a really good relationship with him just going over to the campus and talking with the players and the coaches. A lot of players from my high school are on the team as well," he said.

"Coach (Jethro) Franklin (defensive line) from USC is also cool and he's been real with me. I appreciate a coach when he tells you stuff from the heart and won't sugar coat anything. Plus, he's coached in the NFL so he really knows his stuff. I also think coach (Pete) Carroll and the rest of his staff there are cool. It would be a good place to be.

"I've always been kind of interested in Oregon," he said. "I got to visit there during my 9th grade year and I really liked it. They've always had a cool football team with a winning record. They also play in the Pac-10 and you can still play against the best. It's a win-win situation.

"I really like coach Mike Stoops at Arizona. He and his brother, Bob Stoops, both have the same coaching style and I like that. They've also got a young defensive line there so I could compete for a spot on it as well. I also really like coach (Mike) Tuiasosopo (defensive line).

"I've been to camps at both Cal and USC so far and I want to try and get out to both Arizona and Arizona State (also offered) before the summer ends," he said.

Hill mentioned other offers from Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, UNLV, Utah and San Diego State.

"I'm good at being strong and aggressive on the field. I'm also really athletic and I'm a very versatile player because I've played on both sides of the ball in high school. I used to play offensive guard and that has helped me understand the game a lot more.

"I want to keep my numbers consistent on defense this year and help my teammates as much as I can both on and off the field. I also want to help the other players around me gain some college exposure when coaches start coming around again," said Hill.

Final JR (8-4) stats: 90 tackles/30 TFL/12 sacks/6 FR/7 FC/1 TD

Bench: 375/Squat: 515/Power Clean: 235/Vert Jump: 25.5"

2.8 GPA/1250 SAT (new version) -- September retest. "I know I'm qualified for the UC schools, but I just want to get a better score--just because."

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