Recruiting Interview: SS/OLB Derrick Munson, Archbishop Rummel High School
by Jace LeJeune
Archbishop Rummel SS/OLB Derrick Munson is one of the most unique and versatile players in the state as he plays strong safety but can also line up in the box and play like a linebacker. He is a linebacker and safety hybrid and that makes Derrick a special player. He goes out and gives 100% on each play and will hit you as hard as he can. As of right now, Derrick is committed to play for the University of Arkansas. Our very own Lee Brecheen thinks that Derrick Munson can continue the Rummel defensive back tradition. “Rummel has had a great group of defensive backs over the years with the likes of Craig Steltz, Dwayne Eugene, and Kristian Fulton. Rummel defensive backs are hitter and Derrick fits that mold. He can run and he can hit. Right now, he is committed to play for Arkansas and I think he can end up being a corner or a safety,” Brecheen said. Get to know more about Derrick as he talks about being committed to the Razorbacks, reflects on his Rummel Raider career, and his expectations this year after falling short of the state championship trophy in today’s recruiting interview!
LAFM: What’s your name and position?
Derrick Munson, strong safety and outside linebacker
LAFM: What’s your height and weight?
5’11 190 lbs
LAFM: What’s your 40 yard time, max bench press, and max squat max?
4.5 40 yard time, bench: 300 lbs, squat: 430 lbs
LAFM: What’s your ACT score and gpa?
GPA: 2.7, no ACT
LAFM: What were your stats and awards last year?
158 tackles, 21 tackles for lost, 3 interceptions, and 6 sacks
LAFM: Right now, you are playing for a football powerhouse in Archbishop Rummel. The team has won two championships in the past couple of years and numerous division championships in arguably the best district in Louisiana High School football. How does the team accomplish all these goals in the past couple of years?
We set goals as a team. We don’t just say let’s go to state… Our first goal is to always win the district championship and then we go from there.
LAFM: Last year, the team won another district championship but lost in the state championship to Catholic High in a classic game. What was it like going all the way there and losing the championship game and what do you have to do this year to not let that happen again?
It hurts a lot because I wasn’t 100% healthy knowing that what you brought to the table wasn’t there. That night really hurts but I will try my best to stay 100%.
LAFM: Your team plays in a tough New Orleans district. A lot of people say it’s like the SEC West each and every week. What is it like to play the Brother Martins, St. Augustine, Jesuit, etc.?
It’s great competition. I like playing competitive teams back to back.
LAFM: Who is the best player that you have played against last year and why?
Clyde Edwards Helaire (Catholic High BR running back) because he wasn’t the type of player that I heard about. He didn’t come to my side too much in the state championship game but when it was time for him to come to my side, he came with everything he had and that is a lot of respect.
LAFM: What offers have you received so far?
Arkansas, Kansas, Jackson State, Louisville, Troy, Missouri, Nichols State
LAFM: Right now, you are committed to play for the University of Arkansas. What is it about the Arkansas Razorbacks that made you want to commit to them?
They were the first to offer me so to me, they were the first to see something in me.
LAFM: How has the recruiting process treating you?
It’s good but this year, it’s going to be better.
LAFM: What advice would you give to a player that has to go through the process?
It’s easy to be the one that everybody likes because of the silly things you do but the ones who respect you will be the ones who want you to do better and they will look after you.
LAFM: What was your best game at Rummel and why?
My first game against U-High because I set the tone with 25 tackles.
LAFM: What are the strengths to your game?
My speed and the way that I react to the ball are strengths to my game.
LAFM: What are areas that you need to improve on?
I need to work on being more patient.
LAFM: What are your individual goals for this season?
200 plus tackles and 10 plus sacks
LAFM: You played for a team that is great at producing players at your position: Craig Steltz (former LSU All American), Kristian Fulton(LSU incoming Freshman),etc. What is it like being mentioned with those guys and putting on the Rummel jersey?
It’s a great feeling knowing that your work and dedication is being paid off with greatness.
LAFM: Coach Roth has been one of the most successful coaches in Louisiana in recent years. What is it like playing under Coach Roth?
Playing under a coach like Coach Roth is very exciting . You will never know what he has under his sleeve for the next accomplishment.
LAFM: What player do you model your game after?
Tyrann Mathieu (former LSU All-American DB and NFL Pro Bowler for the Arizona Cardinals) because he is undersized and he still handles his business.
LAFM: What separates you from every defensive back in the state?
I’m never satisfied. I always want more if there’s 2 seconds in the game, I still want 5 more tackles.