Derek Anderson ‘21 Recruiting Profile

  • Hinton High School
  • Football
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Derek Anderson's Football Recruiting Profile
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Personal Statement

For me, there is no better feeling than stepping out onto the field under the lights, with the pressure of an entire town behind you.   Football has always been a passion of mine, and I’ve done whatever I could to get a shot on the field including changing positions. I switched to quarterback in 8th grade because otherwise we would have had no team. I embraced the position and now it is my favorite offensive position.

I have been on varsity in football and wrestling both my freshman and sophomore years. For football, this forced me to quickly learn what kind of speed and intensity the game requires as you move up a level. For wrestling, I learned how to grind through a long season and extra workouts, and that you never lose, you either win or learn.

As a quarterback, you also naturally have to be a team leader. This can be challenging when you are younger than everyone else on the varsity, so I have tried to just have a strong work ethic and stay humble.

I feel my biggest improvement came when I wasn’t on the field or the mat. Following my sophomore season, a nagging foot injury left me in a boot for a month. This kept me out of wrestling for the first several weeks of the season, putting me way behind my competition. When I came back, I initially struggled and I realized the challenge ahead of me was to either sit and complain about my situation, or work even harder to pick myself up and improve. I chose the latter, and the whole situation taught me what really pushing myself day in and day out looked like. My desire to work and push myself, my competitiveness, and my leadership skills are all parts of why I believe I have what it takes to play on a college team.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 2 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 2 years
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #4
  • Team Awards:
    Conference Champs, Sectional 2nd Place
  • 2017 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #4
  • Team Awards:
    Conference 3rd Place

Coach References

  • High School Head Coach
  • Kadrian Hardersen

Additional Sports

  • Wrestling
  • F
  • 9 Years
  • Varsity Team
  • Four time youth state qualifier (highest finish: second), Third Place Finish at Sectionals Freshman Year, Second Place Finish at Sectionals Sophomore year with qualification for Districts (Third Place), All-American Honors at National Duals



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High School Information

High School:
Hinton High School
(712) 947-4328

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. Selected to be advanced one year in mathematics. (Took Algebra I as an 8th-grader; has been one year ahead in math ever since.) Will begin college coursework next school year along with AP course track for math and English.
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • Highest GPA on Football Team (Freshman & Sophomore years); Highest Honor Roll (consistently); War Eagle Academic All-Conference (top 5% academically in conference)
  • Activity
    • Concert Band - Section leader
  • Activity
    • Percussion; Jazz Band - Section leader
  • Activity
    • Percussion; Honor Bands: Augustana University Honor Band (2017 & 2018)
  • Activity
    • Univ of Northern Iowa Honor Band (2017) Luther College Honor Band (2018) Iowa State Honor Band (2018); Central Student Ministries
  • Activity
    • Central Baptist Church; Assistant Coach
  • Activity
    • 3 & 4 grade Tackle Football (2017 & 2018)

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Statistic 2018 Varsity Te 2017 Varsity Te
Games played 10 10


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