Position: Running Back/Cornerback
High School: Big Lake
Class: 2020. Senior
Get to Know DeAndre Hill
Hill is a player to know in the 2020 class and a leader of the Big Lake Hornets football program. His main position he’d like to play at the college level is running back but would also be an outstanding corner with his outstanding size.
Best Part About Playing Running Back
“The big plays you can make to totally shift the game” is what Hill stated to me about playing the running back position. DeAndre is a quick back despite his larger size at the RB position at 6’1, 205 as he runs a 4.5 40-yard dash. 80 is Hill’s favorite number, as his career long run was 2 years ago and went for 80 yards. Just last week, he returned a pick 6 against Grand Rapids for 80 yards as well in a 25-6 win to start the season at home for the Hornets.
DeAndre stated to me that there some power 5 college interest on the table for him. Iowa, Michigan State and the hometown Minnesota Gophers are the 5 interested schools in the FBS. FCS wise, Hill has heard from FCS powerhouse NDSU and Northern Iowa as well.
What Hill’s Been Working On/Improving On
The Hornet’s coaching staff has told Hill to improve two things this last offseason; his blocking ability and focus on becoming a downhill runner. His improvement this summer is contributed to his large amount of time in the Hornets weight room and he hopes to exceed the goals his coaches set for him.
DeAndre Hill’s Mentor
DeAndre’s biggest mentor was his coach all the way from the 4th grade, Jason Steen. Steen was a coach in the Big Lake Hornets program for a while but has recently moved on. Hill credits Steen for always pushing him to his best ability and calls him his mentor of the Big Lake Hornets program throughout his time in Big Lake.
Individual and Team Goals
Hill’s individual goal and team goals were very much the same thing, which I really enjoy in athletes that combine the two sets of goals. “My goal is to sacrifice everything I can to help bring my team as far as far as I can get us” Hill told me in his closing statement, “Get to the Bank” he also stated as a goal to get to US Bank Stadium to play for a state title. It’ll be interesting to see how the Hornets progress this season under a new head coach, but as a Big Lake native myself, I look forward to seeing even more growth from DeAndre Hill and the Big Lake program.