Recruiting Interview: DE Hayden Ocman, St. Paul’s High School
by Jace LeJeune
St. Paul defensive lineman Hayden Ocman is one of the best pass rushers in the state. He has the ability to bull rush offensive tackles and to beat offensive linemen with speed and quickness. He also can go sideline to sideline to stop the run. Hayden is very athletic and has a chance to develop into a very good football player. “Hayden is tall and lean defensive end who is very aggressive. He also has a good motor and plays with effort. He can be a pass rush specialist for a college team and rush the quarterback on third downs. As of now, he’s 6’4 225 lbs but can easily put on weight in college. His upside is off the charts,” Lee Brecheen said. Get to know Hayden Ocman more in today’s recruiting interview!
LAFM: What is your name, age, and position?
Hayden Ocman, 17, Defensive End
LAFM: What’s your height and weight?
6’4” , 225
LAFM: What’s your ACT and GPA?
3.5 GPA , 28 on the ACT
LAFM: What’s your 40 yard time, max bench press, max squat and vertical?
4.7 40 , 300 Bench , 550 Squat, 33” Vertical
LAFM: Did you attend any football camps over the offseason? If so, what are they?
ULL, Ole Miss, Miss State, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State Mega Camp in Texas
LAFM: Do you have any offers from colleges? If so, how many and who are they from?
LAFM: What were your stats last year?
24 Tackles , 6.5 Sacks
LAFM: Paul’s had a great year going 9-2 and getting the district championship but you lost in the quarterfinals to John Curtis in a great game. How disappointing was the early postseason loss after a great regular season?
The early loss was a real disappointment to the team because collectively, we believed that there was a chance to do something bigger with our season.
LAFM: What does the team need to do this year to avoid the early postseason loss?
Stay focused and play the WHOLE game. Taking plays off and not giving 100% just doesn’t cut it when you’re competing against the teams like John Curtis. If our team bonds and sticks together to work for a common goal, then there is no reason that we can’t accomplish great things.
LAFM: What was your best game in a St. Paul’s uniform and why?
LAFM: Lee Brecheen says that you are one of the best pass rush specialists in the state. Do you have a signature pass rush move that you go to?
To me, the key is to keep the offensive line on their toes. If you become a predictable pass rusher then you’ll eventually become unsuccessful.
LAFM: What are areas to you game that you feel that you are the best at?
LAFM: What are some aspects to your game that you need to work on?
LAFM: Coach Sears has been successful at St. Paul’s since his arrival. What is it like being coached by Coach Sears?
LAFM: Who is the best player that you faced last year and why?
LAFM: Which player do you model your game after and why?
JJ Watt. He’s a player that was always underrated so he worked until people could no longer ignore him and his game. That showed me that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.
LAFM: Which team on the schedule are you excited to play the most?
LAFM: Is there anybody in your family that has played high school, college, or even pro football?
No one in my family has played a sport beyond the high school level.
LAFM: What are your individual goals this season?
I’m looking to surpass 50 tackles and I plan on reaching a minimum of 10 sacks next season. I also look forward to propelling myself from being an All-District Honorable Mention to being First Team.
LAFM: What are the team goals besides winning a state championship?
LAFM: What separates you from any other defensive end in the state?
What separates me from other Defensive Ends is my drive and determination to work until I become the most dominant player on the field.