Derrick Hill: Video Report

Derrick Hill: Video Report

McClymonds defensive tackle Derrick Hill is breaking new ground for his hometown of Oakland at the 2006 US Army All American Bowl in San Antonio. Despite the fact that Oakland has long been a hotbed of talent, Hill will become the first Oakland player in the six-year history of the game to represent the city of Oakland.

Hill would have been joined by teammate Josh Tatum this year, but Tatum suffered a knee injury in September. Hill will join the small list of just seven Bay Area players to have played in the annual classic.

He'll join 2001 participants Lorenzo Alexander (St. Mary's HS, Berkeley/Cal) and Kevin Simon (De La Salle HS, Concord/Tennessee), 2003 participants Kyle Wright (Monte Vista, Danville/Miami) and Thomas Williams (Vacaville HS, USC), 2004 participants Cameron Colvin (De La Salle/Oregon), Jeff Schweiger (Valley Christian HS, San Jose/USC) and kicker Juan Gamboa (Bellarmine HS, San Jose/Sacramento State).

Hill has had an excellent week of practice with the West squad in San Antonio. The amazing depth on the defensive line was evident early as the D-Line often got the best of a large and talented O-Line in the early running before the offensive line had a chance to adjust and learn how to play together.

The depth at DT is so strong that the 5-star Hill won't start. He'll be coming in early off the bench to spell huge (6-5/305) 5-star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy from Oklahoma City and even bigger (6-5/330) 4-star DT Al Woods from Elton, LA (an LSU commit). Hill is sure to see to the field for significant minutes, though.

Will the 5-star Hill join Cal players and US Army All American alums DeSean Jackson ('05 MVP), Lorenzo Alexander ('01) and Matt Malele ('03) as a Golden Bear? Stay tuned to tomorrow's (Saturday's) broadcast at 11:00 on NBC where Hill will make his announcement.

You can also watch these videos to see what he has to say about his recruitment and his week at San Antonio so far.

Part 1:

Part 2:

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