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October 14, 2013Derek Hill is a very quick, 6-foot-1 180 pound outfielder for Elk Grove High School. Recently the class of 2014 standout committed to play for the University of Oregon. After an amazing junior year where Hill batted .417 with 35 hits and 27 runs batted in, it was easy for Hill to choose his college.
"I just felt very comfortable with the coaching staff and how they are competing at a very high level of baseball right now. They also are going to become a power house in baseball to so that never hurts," said Hill on the commitment.
The senior outfielder was considering other colleges like UCLA, but he is very happy with how everything has gone.
With crazy speed, Hill runs the 60 yard dash in 6.44 seconds. With a perfect game rating of a 10 (1-10 scale), he is quite the athlete. Hill who transferred from Iowa before his sophomore year is trying to use his tools to help his team win.
"I want to win sections one last time and go out with a bang. Hopefully as an individual goal I can win another defensive player of the year award, Hill said.
The Oregon Ducks landed the ninth best baseball recruiting class for 2013 according to the Collegiate Baseball newspaper. The Ducks are continuing to get better and better recruiting classes, and Derek Hill adds to the talent level of the 2014 class.
Even though there is all this talk about the talent and tools Hill possesses, he wants to improve. "I can always work on the bat and I know that I can improve in the field by getting better jumps and being a bit more aggressive then before," Hill said.
Hill wants to establish and leave behind a legacy at Elk Grove. Adding another section title and even a defensive player of the year award will go a long way toward reaching that goal. If his speed and play in the outfield keep progressing, look for Hill to succeed at Oregon.