2015 Intro: DE Destin Guillen

His measurables alone catch your eye but 2015 defensive end Destin Guillen of Berea High School has put together some nice seasons thus far and is earning some early interest from the likes of ACC & SEC schools early on. The 6'6 245 pound prospect sat down with SCPrepNation.com to talk about his recruitment and more recently.

Destin Guillen Profile

This past season was another strong campaign for the 2015 prospect even though he faced numerous double teams.

"Yes sir I had 12 sacks , 13 pass break ups, 1 interception and 39 tackles."

His height obviously helps with the pass break ups but it's a skill that he works on as well he told us.

"I get told a lot that I play a lot like J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans. I pattern my game after his because I take a lot of pride in my ability to knock down passes."

Given his 6'6 245 pound frame the comparisons are easy especially at the high school level. Those stats paired with the frame have made college coaches start showing the 2015 prospect some early attention. He talked with us about which schools he's heard from thus far.

"I have received interest from Clemson, Duke, and Charlotte have all come by my school to see me. I have also gotten a lot of letters and emails from North Carolina State, Georgia, Missouri, Kentucky, and Virginia."

Early on in the process a trio of ACC schools have been showing Guillen the most interest he says.

"As far as personal contacts it would be Clemson and Duke, however I receive emails daily from Virginia and almost weekly letters from the others in the mail. Those three are really recruiting me the hardest right now. I am hoping I will get my first offer soon."

"I have some interest from some other schools too at other levels. I went to camp at Wofford, Clemson, and Georgia this past summer. I plan on attending those again and adding Duke and maybe some others."

Guillen was successful last season earning All-Region honors as well as winning his team's Play Maker Award.

We asked the 2015 prospect where he feels his strengths are currently as a defensive end and also what area he wants to improve on the most to get better next year.

"I'd say my speed, strength, ability rush the passer, and ability to knock down passes are my biggest strengths. I want to improve on my technique to get better."

With so many schools showing early interest does Guillen feel like one particular school could be on the verge of offering him first?

"I don't know, I just keep working hard and I hope the school that wants me will offer soon. I will keep the first offer on my mind when I commit in the future."

Looking ahead to his senior season next year Guillen talked about some goals that he's set forth for himself.

"I want to officially break my school sack record they said I broke it this year, but they didn't know for sure. I would like to make All-State, make the Shrine Bowl team, and ultimate goal is to play in a all-star bowl like the U.S. Army Bowl. Of course to have a scholarship to college as well."

Guillen has the size and he's got good speed given his 6'6 245 pound frame reporting a 4.8 second 40 yard dash time. He's working on improving that further he says and he knows there's plenty of room to improve in the weight room to better prepare him for the college level.

"After basketball this season I'm going to strictly prepare for football by staying in the weight room. Right now my bench press is 250 pounds but I want to improve it to at least 300 pounds by the end of the summer. My squat max is 350 right now but I want to get it to at least 400 by summer."

Guillen reports a 3.4 GPA currently this semester and says he is taking AP English and AP History currently. He says that academics are a priority to him and his family and that qualifying will be no problem.

The 2015 prospect says he'll keep working hard this off season to try and land his first offer. SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with Guillen as more schools will start recruiting him and he heads to Junior Days and various camps and ocmbines this off season so stay tuned!

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