Another stand-out in the Villanova football recruiting Class of 2017, is 6-0, 250 pound, Defensive Lineman, Lorenzo Hernandez of Cherry Hill West High School (NJ). Hernandez, who announced his commitment to Villanova via twitter on November 12th of 2016, was named Courier Post Defensive Player of the Year, First team All-South Jersey, and Second team All-State after racking up 93 tackles, 10 sacks, and seven blocked kicks this past season.
Leader Johnson: You block a lot of kicks - tell me about what makes you such a good special teams player?
Lorenzo Hernandez: I like to be “head-up” on special teams because I can jump the snap count and get right to the kicker. I have good speed which helps me a lot.
Leader Johnson: What made you chose Villanova and how long had they been recruiting you?
Lorenzo Hernandez: I love the academics at Villanova and the football team is always good. They started recruiting me in the summer of my junior year when they saw me at a couple of camps.
Leader Johnson: What motivates you to play so hard?
Lorenzo Hernandez: I love the game of football and work hard every day at practice preparing for games. The only way to improve your game and motivate your team is to leave it all on the field every play.
Leader Johnson: What do you think of Coach Ferrante?
Lorenzo Hernandez: I really like coach Ferrante. He is the main one who pushed for my offer. My size made a lot of coaches and schools hesitate but he didn't care about that and I appreciate him for it.
Leader Johnson: What have Coach Pennypacker and Coach Trainor told you about your role and future with this team.
Lorenzo Hernandez: I have not heard much about my role and future other than they would like me to play defensive end. Wherever I end up will be fine with me though.
Leader Johnson: What other teams where in pursuit of you?
Lorenzo Hernandez: I had offers from Lafayette, Delaware State, Sacred Heart, Rhode Island, Towson and New Hampshire. Towson and UNH were the schools that were recruiting me heavy but Towson was a fullback offer and New Hampshire is too cold for me.
Leader Johnson: Did you grow up in Jersey? How was it growing up?
Lorenzo Hernandez: I grew up in Georgia with my mom. I did not move to Jersey until the end of my sophomore year. It was different going from a private school and living in the South but it was a great experience for me.
Leader Johnson: Your dad is a big supporter I see - tell me about the support of your parents?
Lorenzo Hernandez: My dad is always at my football games and my other sporting events. My mom is afraid to watch me play football but she still comes to support. I have good family around me including my uncle Angel who is never late to a game.
Leader Johnson: Who is the NFL player you model your game after the most and why?
Lorenzo Hernandez: Dwight Freeney and Warren Sapp are some of my favorite players on the defensive line. Dwight is a smaller player but uses his speed and strength to his advantage; I’ve been compared to him by some coaches.
Leader Johnson: Are you looking to take a starting job and are you playing with that chip on your shoulder? Do you feel you have something to prove?
Lorenzo Hernandez: I'm looking to start as a true freshman and play to the best of my abilities. I always have a chip on my shoulder because many of the bigger schools that looked at me turned me down due to my size. I have a lot to prove.
Leader Johnson: What type of impact are you going to bring and what type of player has Villanova added in Lorenzo Hernandez?
Lorenzo Hernandez: Villanova is getting a leader and someone who is ready to play football. I believe I bring many good qualities to the table and I hope to learn from my coaches and teammates to help us win a championship.
Leader Johnson: Nice 1-on-1 Lorenzo! Can't wait to see this group play …
Lorenzo Hernandez: Thank you sir.
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Here is an interview with Hernandez (with highlight video) from Scout Penn Preps (Ed O’Brien) from shortly after his commitment