Junior Profile - Derrik Shockman

Derrik Shockman comes from Tacoma (Wash.) Curtis High School, where the 6-1, 210-pound linebacker likes to use his brain as well as his brawn to get the job done. And what a job he did for Curtis last year, racking up 124 tackles for Bob Lucey's team.

"I feel my fundamentals are sound, and I'm smart," Shockman told Dawgman.com. "I feel that translates over to the field. I read plays well, but a lot of that is because I study a lot of film. I know what the other team is going to do before the game starts, so it's not all instinct."

Besides the 124 tackles, 14 of those for loss, Shockman also had 3.5 sacks and 2 pass deflections for Curtis last season. He runs the 40 4.7 40 and also has a 365-pound bench and 450-pound squat to his credit.

For his efforts, Derrik was named first team all-league, first team all-area and was also named defensive player of the year for the Vikings.

Derrik takes his work with the pigskin seriously. "Off the field I'm normal, but on it I'm pretty intense," he said. "I'm very focused on what's going on."

Speaking of intensity, Shockman spent some time at Husky Stadium a while back to watch another group of football players who also take their games seriously. "I went to practice," Derrik said. "Not last Saturday, but the Saturday before. I was impressed at how intense they were. I also was impressed at the way they play. They really give it their all."

Derrik grew up a fan of the Dawgs and took part in Washington's junior day festivities in February. "I learned a lot when I was there. I learned more about the coaches, got to know them better. I think the best part was going through the tunnel and out to the field. The tunnel is cool."

Shockman also will be attending the Huskies' Spring Game on the 27th of April.

Besides Washington, Shockman also lists Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford as his personal favorites. He's hearing from all of those schools as well as Arizona State and Texas, but has no offers to date.

Derrik has his summer football plans almost in place. "I'll be going to Eugene in June (Nike camp) and our team will be going to Washington State for our team camp," he said. "I might try to go to Oregon's team camp for a couple of days before our team camp. They all kind of run into each other."

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