Player Spotlight: Derrick Hill

Chat with 5 Star recruit DT

Our next player spotlight comes from one of the most heavily recruited players in the entire country, in McClymonds high DT Derrick Hill.  Hill is ranked as the #4 DT in the entire country and a 5 star recruit. What were your official stats from last season?

Derrick: I had 90 tackles, 30 for loss, 14 sacks, 6 fumble recoveries, 7 forced fumbles, 1 td What is your official height, weight, bench, squat, clean and 40?

Derrick: 6'2'', 278lbs, bench max 375 lbs, bench 185lbs 40, 515lbs, 245lbs. Who is currently recruiting you? Any early offers yet? As of right now who would be your top 5?

Derrick: I have 14 offers and my top 5 would be Cal, AU, ASU, Oregon, Washington What is your greatest football memory?

Derrick: My greatest football memory is when I broke someone's teeth in a game. What are you doing to prepare for next season?

Derrick: Running on the track, weight lifting, and eating a little better. What are your goals for this upcoming season?

Derrick: My first goal is to win the championship, get over 20 sacks, get at least 2 TD's off fumble recoveries. What is your strength as a football player?

Derrick: I am a physical athlete that has no feelings for anyone or anything. What is your weakness as a football player?

Derrick: When I am not in the best shape. Who are some teammates that people need to watch for?

Rico Thomas, Antoine Howard, Terrance McCoy, Roy Holmes, Steven Roseman, Slone Willingham, Stephen Blackwell. What teammate do you really respect the most and why?

Derrick: I respect Rico Thomas, Stephen Blackwell, Antoine Howard, Terrance McCoy, and Slone Willingham because we all have been at Mack since the beginning when we were on J.V. Which program do you respect the most?

Derrick: I respect Cal's, Arizona, and Arizona St. the most because they have turned around the whole program. What is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten? Who did you get it from?

Derrick: The best piece of advice that I got was from my father when I first started school way back in 1992, he said,"you need to remember this that you are going to be something in life and I am going to make sure of it, just make sure that you put your school before everything; before the girls, sports, friends, and anything else because the only thing that no one can take from you is your education." Who has been the most influential person in your life? Why?

Derrick: Myself because I have been through much, much more than someone of my age should have; I take the responsibilities that would of been given to my father and work them out.  I also do extra things and someone will always see me working no matter what I have done that day. Who is your favorite professional athlete?

Derrick: Warren Sapp What can we expect from your team this season?

Derrick: You can expect high flying, fast paste, hard hitting smash mouth football from a disciplined team. What are your goals as far as playing football in college?

Derrick: I want to play football for a team that will need my help on the field as an athlete and a leader. What can you bring to a college program?

Derrick: I bring not only an athlete but a student and a real role model for the kids. What is your favorite thing about the game of football?

Derrick: You can take your frustrations and anger out on people. What has been the most surprising part of the whole recruiting process? What advice would you give to athletes who get recruited in the future?

Derrick: The recruiting process is a game that is very easy to be played.  Don't get mad if you don't have 5 stars on your rankings or get interviewed a lot because all that is what people hear about you.  Most of the people on the top 100 don't even deserve it. How do you feel when you see your name listed as one of the top prospects in the entire country?

Derrick: I am very happy and appreciative of my accomplishments that I have. would like to thank Derrick for his time and wish him and all of his teammates the best of luck this upcoming season. 

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