USC had an incredible group of players taking official visits this past weekend but one top 100 standout who didn't make it out to Los Angeles was Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds defensive lineman Derrick Hill.
Hill, 6-1, 280 pounds and the top defensive tackle in the West region has already visited Colorado, Arizona and Oregon but wasn't quite able to get up early enough in the morning to make his flight.
"We played in our city title game Friday night and I didn't get home until real late," Hill said. "We won 48-7 and the game itself didn't end until after 11:00. I got home late and was just going to try and stay awake the whole night rather than sleep for a little bit because my flight was at 6:45 and the driver was coming to get me at 4:30.
"I figured it would be easier to stay up all night than sleep for a little bit and then try and wake up. My mom made me go to sleep though because she knew I wouldn't be getting any sleep during the visit and she said she would wake me up at 4:00. So I was up at 4:00 but I was so tired I fell right back to sleep.
"I woke up a little later and we tried to get to the airport in time but I missed the flight by like three minutes. I was actually there before it took off but they had already closed the doors so they wouldn't let me on. The next flight to Los Angeles wasn't until 12:30 so I was going to stand by on that one. I waited at the airport for like three hours but then I talked to one of the coaches at SC and he told me to just go ahead and re-schedule it because he said they would be able to spend a lot more time with me on a weekend where they weren't playing in a game.
"So next weekend, I'll be going to Cal and then my trip to USC will be the following weekend (Dec. 16). I'm going to announce at the Army game on January 7."
As for the city title win, Hill said he's still on a high from the big win.
"I haven't stopped smiling yet," Hill said. "We killed them from the very first play of the game. The first play of the game, I looked at the center and when he looked up at me, he just looked scared and then he fumbled the snap. The very first play of the game and they fumble and we end up scoring. We just steamrolled them from then on. They had been talking so much trash too, maybe they were trying to convince themselves they could beat us or something because their whole team looked scared to be honest with you."