Our next player spotlight comes from one of the top TE recruits in the nation.
Na Derris Ward has set up visits with several of the top programs in the nation. Here's what he had to say…
PrepCa.com: What are your official height, weight, bench, squat and 40?
Na Derris: 6'6 245, bench 285, squat 495 I'm 4.7 in the 40
PrepCa.com: What is currently recruiting you? As of right now who is your top 5?
PrepCa.com: What is your greatest football memory?
Na Derris: When we beat our rival Skyline at their place for the 1st time in 19 years.
PrepCa.com: What are you doing to prepare for next season?
Na Derris: Lifting 5 days a week, I ride a bike 4-5 times a week and I'm watching a ton of film right now.
PrepCa.com: What are your goals for this upcoming season?
Na Derris: I really don't have any personal goals. I just want to do whatever it takes to win a championship. Personally I would really like to be invited to play in the Army All-American game.
PrepCa.com: What is your strength as a football player?
Na Derris: I block really well for a high school tight end and I'm willing to compete anytime.
PrepCa.com: Who are some teammates that people need to watch for this season?
PrepCa.com: What teammate to you really respect and why?
Na Derris: Derrick Hill, because of his aggressiveness and his work ethic. Plus even though he is basically getting recruited by everybody he isn't cocky at all.
PrepCa.com: Which program do you respect the most?
Na Derris: I really respect Valley Christian and also Oakland Tech. Those two teams always play us tough.
PrepCa.com: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Who did you get it from?
Na Derris: "Never give up" from my mother and also, "keep focused on what you want and you can accomplish anything" from my grandmother.
PrepCa.com: Who has been the most influential person in your life? Why?
Na Derris: My grandmother because of all the struggles she had to go through in her life and she always tells me that I control my own destiny.
PrepCa.com: Who is your favorite professional athlete?
Na Derris: Kevin Garnett, because when he plays he's smooth, but also he really cares about winning.
PrepCa.com: What can we expect from your team this season?
Na Derris: A championship, we feel anything less is a failure
PrepCa.com: What are your goals as far as playing football in college?
Na Derris: I just want the opportunity to compete. If I get a chance and can play early that's great. If I have to red shirt, than I will learn from the guys that are better than me.
PrepCa.com: What can you bring to a college program?
Na Derris: Leadership and the fact that I am a team 1st guy. I'll do whatever it takes to make the team better and to win.
PrepCa.com: What is your favorite thing about the game of football?
Na Derris: Everything. The sound of pads and helmets hitting each other, the feeling when you see the lights, the experience of being a part of a team.
PrepCa.com: What has been the most surprising part of the recruiting process? What advice would you give to athletes who get recruited in the future?
Na Derris: It's all a big surprise. I mean you see these major programs and big time coaches and now they want you to be a part of it. It's a really good feeling. My advice is to just keep working hard. If you are good enough they will find you. Make sure you hit the books from the beginning of school.
PrepCa.com: How do you feel when you see your name listed as one of the top prospects in the entire country?
Na Derris: It's a wonderful feeling, it really is. But I never get big headed about it. I understand what you have today can be gone tomorrow, so I really try not to think about it much.
PrepCa.com would really like to thank Na Derris for his time. We wish him and all of his teammates the best of luck this season and in his future.