Thursday, October 31, 2013

The @WLSNRADIO media guide details Derek Kief's "historic career" as they call it

Some random images of 2014 WR & Alabama commit Derek Kief's career at La Salle High School
Some random images of 2014 WR Derek Kief's career at La Salle High School
Below was published in WLSN's 2013 Media Guide for game 10...

"Derek Kief will complete his career as arguably one of the best receivers in the history of La Salle football. As a senior, heading in to his final regular season game, Derek already tops La Salle’s charts for most career receptions (152), most career receiving yards (2015), most career receiving touchdowns (22), most single-season receptions (65) and is tied for most single-game receptions (12). He has also surpassed all other receivers in the history of the GCL South for most career receptions and is only 136 receiving yards away from surpassing all other GCL South receivers for most career receiving yards. In addition to the success he has had on the field, Derek has made 1st and/or 2nd honors every year since he has attended La Salle and maintains a high GPA. Next year, Derek will go from rolling deep as a Lancer, to rolling with the tide! LANCERS ROLL (TIDE) DEEP!"

Keep working kid.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

2014 WR & Alabama Commit Derek Kief Selected as LaRosa's MVP

2014 WR Derek Kief LaRosa's MVP (image source: www.larosasmvp.com)
Derek was selected as the LaRosa's MVP of the week. For more information, visit http://www.larosasmvp.com/mvps/index.htm

You can also download and print the the MVP Highlight that the LaRosa's team put together here.

Congrats Derek!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Derek Kief (Alabama commit) & Tyrell Gilbert (Cincinnati commit) Battle Week 3! #RollTide #BearcatNation

2014 WR Derek Kief (Alabama commit) & 2014 ATH Tyrell Gilbert (UC commit) go head to head week 3
2014 WR Derek Kief (Alabama commit) & 2014 ATH Tyrell Gilbert (UC commit) go head to head week 3
Derek and Tyrell are like family. They first met on a basketball court as rivals playing AAU basketball way back when. To make a very long story short, Derek hit a buzzer beater to knock Tyrell's team out of a regional AAU tournament in Maysville, KY. It was a tough loss for Tyrell, but in life, there are ALWAYS silver linings. It wasn't long after that tournament that Tyrell was playing on Derek's AAU team and they have been brothers ever since.

Click the pic for a full resolution version. Give it a second, it is a big file.

For my personal history with Tyrell Gilbert, click here. I wrote that after he received his first D1 offer last March. -Lance

Monday, August 26, 2013

2014 WR's Kief & Fuller: History of the Twin Towers & Feeling Fuller #LRD

La Salle Lancers, WR Derek Kief & WR Izaiah Fuller aka the Twin Towers
The Twin Towers: La Salle Lancers, WR Derek Kief & WR Izaiah Fuller
Six football seasons ago (yea, around here, everything is about football), 2014 WR and Alabama commit Derek Kief and 2014 WR and college prospect Izaiah Fuller played together at La Salle's Lancer Stadium for the very first time. Actually, let's rewind, I am getting a little ahead of myself.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

7on7: Nationally Ranked No 25 Colerain vs La Salle #LRD #REDSTORM



On July 10th, 2013, the GMC Colerain Cardinals football team were ranked No. 25 nationally by the USA Today Super 25 preseason high school football rankings. On July 21st, the GCL South La Salle Lancers with their Red Storm proved that they will be hard for ANY team to handle in the backfield, let alone the #25 ranked Cardinals.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Derek Kief & Morgan Willcox: At the Helm of the Storm #LRD #THESTORM

La Salle Lancers, Derek Kief & Morgan Willcox: At the Helm of the Storm
La Salle Lancers, Derek Kief & Morgan Willcox: At the Helm of the Storm
Derek Kief and Morgan Willcox have been sharing the field for almost as long as they have been pulling shoulder pads over their heads. Now seniors at La Salle high school, this double barrel will slug the field together for one final season. Right now, I'm calling out the entire Lancer Nation. You better get fired up, and you best be rollin' deep! Their final charge is a-comin', and they're bringin' a hellish storm of Lancers with 'em!

Monday, June 17, 2013

PICS: WR Derek Kief's Family #Bama Commitment Gathering #ROLLTIDE

2014 WR Derek Kief after committing to Alabama
2014 WR Derek Kief after committing to Alabama
Special thanks to Derek's Aunt (and my wife), Monica Hart for capturing some great photos at yesterday's family commitment gathering.

Friday, June 14, 2013

2014 WR Derek Kief Will Commit from His Twitter @DKief10, Sunday Between 5:30-6PM

Derek will be ending the recruiting process and tweeting his college commitment from @DKief10, his personal Twitter account, this Sunday (June 16th, 2013), between 5:30-6PM.

Congrats Derek, everyone is looking forward to the announcement!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Pics: WR Derek Kief's #Alabama Visit (Coach Saban, AJ, Norwood, Kelly & more)

2014 WR Derek Kief pondering Alabama
2014 WR Derek Kief pondering the possibility of Alabama
Family Matters
Left to right: Lance Hart (uncle/me), Derek Kief, Coach Saban, Kelly Ceasar (mom),  Zoey Ceasar (baby sister), Adrick Ceasar (dad), Pat Kief (grandpa), Chris Kief (grandma)
Left to right: Lance Hart (uncle), Derek Kief, Coach Nick Saban, Kelly Ceasar (mom),
Zoey Ceasar (sister), Adrick Ceasar (dad), Pat Kief (grandpa), Chris Kief (grandma)

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Inside Scoop on WR Derek Kief: The Method Behind the Madness of "Speed Does Kill"


The song "Speed Does Kill" wasn't just created to make Derek's highlights unique, it was a method of motivation for Derek going in to the off-season prior to his Senior year.  You have to understand, for many years, Derek was playing sports all year round.

He was stuck in a never-ending loop, relying mostly on his freakish size coupled with his god-given talents to get him by.  While Derek loved basketball (I coached him and various school and AAU teams for many years), he decided not to play his Junior year to focus all of his efforts on football.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Details: 2014 WR Derek Kief's Upcoming Unofficial Overnight to #Alabama #RollTide

#10 Derek Kief from La Salle High School in Cincinnati Ohio leaves on Saturday for Tuscaloosa, AL with an entourage of family members.  Derek along with 6 family members (including myself) will spend the entire visit from June 8th to June 11th in Tuscaloosa.  We will have the opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the city, the academic programs, the athletic facilities and The Process.

While the family will be staying in a nearby hotel, Derek will be spending as much time on campus and overnight with the players.

Roll Tide.

Friday, May 31, 2013

2014 JJHuddle Top 100 Ranks WR Derek Kief #1 Football Prospect in Ohio!

2014 WR Derek Kief #1 Ranked by JJHuddle
2014 WR Derek Kief #1 Ranked by JJHuddle
Congrats Derek for being named the #1 football prospect in Ohio!

The staff at JJHuddle.com, Bucknuts.com and ScoutingOhio.com collaborated to select the Top 100 football prospects for the class of 2014.  JJHuddle.com and ScoutingOhio.com focus 100% of their efforts on Ohio athletes and Bucknuts.com is the Ohio State Football & Recruiting source for 247sports.com.

Below are the first 25 of the Top 100.  To see the entire Top 100 which includes verbal commitments, offers and stats...CLICK HERE.

1Derek KiefWRLa Salle
2Marshon LattimoreWRGlenville
3Parris CampbellRBSt. Vincent-St.Mary
4Kyle TroutOTLancaster
5Dante Booker Jr.LBAkron SVSM
6Jimmy ByrneOLSt Ignatius
7Marcelys JonesOLGlenville
8DeShone KizerQBToledo Central Catholic
9Kyle BergerLBSt Ignatius
10Michael FernsLBSt Clairsville
11Vayante CopelandRBThurgood Marshall
12Joe HendersonDEShaker Heights
13Chris DurkinQBYoungstown Ursuline
14Daniel CageDLWinton Woods
15Mikel HortonRBLakota West
16Sam HubbardLBMoeller
17Ethan WolfTEMinster
18Nick RichardsonOLWesterville Central
19Mike EdwardsDBWinton Woods
20Erick SmithDBGlenville
21Darryl LongTEWesterville South
22Alex DaltonOLTroy
23Robert BowersDEWalnut Ridge
24Noah FurbushDEKenton
25Thaddeus SnodgrassWRSpringfield

Sunday, May 19, 2013

2014 WR Derek Kief Taking Unofficial Visits to Alabama and Clemson

On June 8th-11th, Derek Kief and some family members will be traveling to visit both Alabama and Clemson.  The agenda:

June 8th: Travel (overnight in Tuscaloosa, AL)
June 9th: Alabama (overnight on Alabama campus)
June 10th: Clemson (overnight on Clemson campus)
June 11th: Clemson & Travel

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Junior WR Derek Kief Receives Offer from University of Connecticut (22nd offer)

The University of Connecticut Huskies offered 2014 WR Derek Kief. This is Derek's 22nd offer. Congrats Derek!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Junior WR Derek Kief Receives Offer from University of Virginia (21st offer)

The University of Virginia Cavaliers offered 2014 WR Derek Kief. This is Derek's 21st offer. Congrats Derek!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Announcement: Derek is on a school retreat and will be off-the-grid until Friday evening

This announcement is for coaches, analysts or reporters trying to contact Derek over the next few days.  Thank you in your continued interest in Derek.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

2014 WR Derek Kief Highlights from 2013 Rivals Under Armour Camp


The above contains one-on-ones with Damon Webb, Darius West, Alonzo Saxton and others.

These highlights from the Rivals Camp Series sponsored by Under Armour focused on Derek Kief's improved acceleration, strength and technique as a big WR.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

2014 WR Derek Kief Nominated for US Army All-American Bowl

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Picture of 2014 WR Derek Kief Prior to the OSU Spring Game

2014 WR Derek Kief speaking with Urban Meyer prior to the OSU Spring Game at Paul Brown Stadium
2014 WR Derek Kief speaking with Urban Meyer prior to the OSU Spring Game at Paul Brown Stadium

Folks, I apologize for not posting earlier, I have been on vacation. -Lance

Junior WR Derek Kief Receives Offer from University of Central Florida (20th offer)

The University of Central Florida Knights offered 2014 WR Derek Kief. This is Derek's 20th offer. Congrats Derek!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Junior WR Derek Kief Receives Offer from University of Notre Dame (19th offer)

The University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish offered 2014 WR Derek Kief. This is Derek's 19th offer. Congrats Derek!

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Best of Cincinnati Issue of City Beat Named WR Derek Kief, "Best Super-Tall Local Football Recruit"

City Beat Best of Cincinnati 2013 (click image above to view this issue)
The Best of Cincinnati issue of City Beat compiles the best Eats, Shops & Services, Arts & Nightlife, Public Eye, Jocks and Urban Life in the Cincinnati area.

On page 118, City Beat awarded the "BEST SUPER-TALL LOCAL FOOTBALL RECRUIT" with the description:
"LaSalle junior wide receiver Derek Kief is one of the most sought-after high school football players in the country. He has a website dedicated to his recruitment, which recently noted that he’s among only four players in Ohio to receive offers from both Ohio State and the University of Alabama (one of them spurned both powerhouses and went to Michigan — ouch!). The 6-foot-5 Kief still has one year left at LaSalle before entering the college game in 2014. derekkief.com."
Thank you City Beat.  Not only is this award an honor for Derek Kief, you sure gave us a laugh with the title!

Source:
http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-27410-2013_jocks_staff_pic.html
http://npaper-wehaa.com/city-beat#2013/03/27/?page=158&mode=3&dpg=1

Ohio State's Message to 2014 WR Derek Kief During His Recent Visit #OhioState #OSU

4* WR Derek Kief Visiting THE Ohio State Buckeyes
4* WR Derek Kief Visiting THE Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State's message to 2014 WR Derek Kief during his visit:
  • They are building and expanding the depth of wide receivers on the roster 
  • He is amongst Ohio’s top talent and would be a great addition to the team 
  • He has a unique skill set and range as an outside wide receiver that would be beneficial to the offense
Pics/Reaction: Derek Kief's Ohio State Visit

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Pics/Reaction: Derek Kief's Ohio State Visit #OSU #Buckeyes (Kyle Trout, Darius West)

4* WR Derek Kief Visiting THE Ohio State Buckeyes
4* WR Derek Kief Visiting THE Ohio State Buckeyes
On March 29th, 2013, junior wide receiver Derek Kief took an unofficial visit to Ohio State University with Kelly Ceasar (mother), Adrick Ceasar (father) and newest edition to the family, Zoey Ceasar (sister).

Derek was provided this opportunity to learn more about the academic programs available, tour the facilities, speak with the coaches and obtain a firsthand glimpse into the Buckeye football program which he holds a scholarship offer to play for.

OSU DB Najee Murray
Derek stayed in the dorms with DB Najee Murray.  He also had the chance to talk with several other members of the team.  On March 30th, he attended the spring practice in the morning and travelled back to Cincinnati later in the afternoon.

Below are some pictures as well as Derek's reaction to the visit.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Junior WR Derek Kief Receives Offer from University of Louisville (18th offer)

The University of Louisville Cardinals offered 2014 WR Derek Kief. This is Derek's 18th offer. Congrats Derek!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Alabama's Message to 2014 WR Derek Kief During His Recent Visit #Alabama #Bama #RollTide

4* WR Derek Kief Visiting University of Alabama Crimson Tide
4* WR Derek Kief Visiting University of Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama's message to 2014 WR Derek Kief during his visit:
  • He is at the top of their list for outside wide receivers
  • He has a big long body with really good ball skills and understands how to get open
  • He has an impressive football IQ when it comes to passing game concepts
  • Their strength and conditioning program will shoot his performance to the next level because his ceiling of potential to get faster and stronger is extremely high

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Pics/Reaction: Derek Kief's Alabama Visit #Alabama #Bama #RollTide

4* WR Derek Kief Visiting the University of Alabama Crimson Tide
4* WR Derek Kief Visiting University of Alabama Crimson Tide
On March 22nd, 2013, junior wide receiver Derek Kief took an unofficial visit to University of Alabama with Adrick Ceasar (father).  Derek and Adrick flew out of Cincinnati on March 21st, visited on March 22nd and travelled back to Cincinnati on March 23rd.  Derek was provided this opportunity to learn more about the academic programs available, tour the facilities, speak with the coaches and obtain a firsthand glimpse into the Crimson Tide football program which he holds a scholarship offer to play for.

In a recent article dubbed, Kief No Longer Hidden Midwest Gem, Kief reacted to his offer from Alabama:
“It’s a great honor,” Kief said. “Obviously, they’ve won national championships and a lot of the best players go there. It’s an honor to see that they would want me to play there.”
Derek was the only recruit on campus on the 22nd so he received a lot of one-on-one time with the coaches and recruiting staff.  Below are some pictures as well as Derek's reaction to the visit.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Junior WR Derek Kief Receives Offer from University of Arkansas (17th offer)

The University of Arkansas Razerbacks offered 2014 WR Derek Kief. This is Derek's 17th offer. Congrats Derek!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Pics/Reaction: Derek Kief's Northwestern Visit (Matt Alviti, Ian Bunting, Dareian Watkins)


On March 8th-9th, 2013, junior wide receiver Derek Kief took an unofficial overnight visit to Northwestern University with Adrick Ceasar (father) and Pat Kief (grandfather).  Derek was provided this opportunity to learn more about the academic programs available, tour the facilities, speak with the coaches and obtain a firsthand glimpse into the Wildcats football program which he holds a scholarship offer to play for.  While on the visit, he also met a 2013 All-American signee as well as other top 2014 recruits.  Below are some pictures as well as Derek's reaction to the visit.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Junior WR Derek Kief Receives Offer from University of Wisconsin (16th offer)

The University of Wisconsin Badgers offered 2014 WR Derek Kief. This is Derek's 16th offer. Congrats Derek!

The DerekKiefDotCom YouTube Channel has over 22,000 views! Thanks for everyone's support!

The Derek Kief Dot Com YouTube Channel was created on May 5th, 2012.  The four uploaded videos have over 22,000 views.  18,000 views since February 1st, 2013.

Junior WR Derek Kief Receives Offer from West Virginia University (15th offer)

The West Virginia Mountaineers offered 2014 WR Derek Kief. This is Derek's 15th offer. Congrats Derek!

Recruits Offered by Both OSU & Alabama: 4 from Ohio & 7 WR's Nationally


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Ohio
Only 4 players in Ohio have been offered by both OSU and Alabama:
Nationally
7 WR's across the country have been offered by both OSU and Alabama:
The above data and order (based on ranking) were sourced via the 247sports Football Recruit Search tool and was up-to-date as of the time of this post.

Junior WR Derek Kief Receives Offer from University of Alabama (14th offer) #RollTide

The University of Alabama Crimson Tide offered 2014 WR Derek Kief. This is Derek's 14th offer. Congrats Derek!

Roll Tide.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March Madness for 2014 WR Derek Kief, 3 Unofficial Visits


2014 WR Derek Kief will be taking unofficial visits to Northwestern, Alabama and Ohio State in the month of March.
  • 3/8-3/9 Northwestern
  • 3/21-3/22 Alabama
  • 3/29-3/30 Ohio State
Look for more posts about each individual visit prior of shortly following each of the above dates.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Junior WR Derek Kief Receives Offer from Ohio University (13th offer)

Ohio University Bobcats offered 2014 WR Derek Kief. This is Derek's 13th offer. Congrats Derek!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

By The Numbers: Derek Kief by TriStateFootball (@tsfootball)


Greg Shoemaker, Featured Analyst at TriStateFootball.com crunches Derek Kief's numbers for a fantastic overview of Derek's High School career so far.  See below for Greg's breakdown and click here to see their original post.
3 – Career high receiving touchdowns in a game (vs. Brother Rice (MI) – 10/13/12)
7 – Games with 100 or more yards receiving
7 - Receiving touchdowns as a sophomore
8 - Games with eight or more receptions in his career
9 – Receiving touchdowns as a junior
12 - Career high receptions in a game (vs. Moeller – 9/28/12)  (note by DKDC, also school record)
16 – Receiving touchdowns in his career
44 – Receptions as a sophomore
65 – Receptions as a junior (school record)
109 – Receptions in his career
161 - Career high receiving yards in a game (vs. Moeller – 9/28/12)
612 – Yards receiving as a sophomore
907 - Yards receiving as a junior
1,519 – Receiving yards in his career
Please see the original TriStateFootball.com post:
http://tristatefootball.com/Articles.asp?ArticleID=4706

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Junior WR Derek Kief Receives offer from THE Ohio State University (12th offer)

THE Ohio State Buckeyes offered 2014 WR Derek Kief. This is Derek's 12th offer. Congrats Derek!

Derek interviewed by Barrett Cohen of WLSN after receiving Ohio State offer:

Junior WR Derek Kief Receives Offer from Boston College (11th offer)

Boston College Eagles offered 2014 WR Derek Kief. This is Derek's 11th offer. Congrats Derek!

STUDENT ATHLETE ALERT: Junior WR Derek Kief Receives First Honors


In addition to getting his 4-star rating yesterday from Rivals.com, Derek was also recognized on cincinnati.com for making First Honors for the second quarter of the 2012-2013 school year at La Salle.  Not only is Derek among the top athletes of his class, he is a top student as well.  Congrats Derek!

First Honors:
Grade average equal to or greater than 89.5% with no grade below 80%

Second Honors:
Grade average equal to or greater than 82.5% and less than 89.5% with no grade below 80%

Source:
http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130214/NEWS01/302140039/La-Salle-High-School-honor-rolls

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Junior WR Derek Kief Gets 4 Star Rating from Rivals Today


Derek Kief a 4* on 247Sports.com received 4* from Rivals.com with a *5.8 Rivals Rating today.  Congrats Derek!

Click here to go to Derek's Rivals.com profile

*Per Rivals.com explanation of Rivals Rating: 6.0-5.8 All-American Candidate; high-major prospect; considered one of the nation's top 300 prospects; deemed to have pro potential and ability to make an impact on college team

Monday, February 11, 2013

Junior WR Derek Kief Received LSU Junior Day Invite


Derek received a Junior Day invite from LSU.  Unfortunately, he did not receive the invite from his school until today.  He is trying to coordinate travel but may have to consider scheduling a visit in the spring.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Junior WR Derek Kief Receives Offer from Vanderbilt University (10th offer)

Vanderbilt University Commodores offered WR Derek Kief. This is Derek's 10th offer and second SEC offer. Congrats Derek!

Recruiting MEGA POST: The Ohio Invasion of the #BBN

Dorian Hendrix, Mikel Horton, Mike Edwards, George Brown Jr., Tyrell Gilbert and Derek Kief
Left to right: Dorian Hendrix, Mikel Horton, Mike Edwards, George Brown Jr., Tyrell Gilbert and Derek Kief.
In the mid-1960's, a phenomenon referred to as the British Invasion occurred when bands from the United Kingdom such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Moody Blues crossed the Atlantic Ocean and introduced the best new talent to music fans in the United States.

On February 9th, 2013, the University of Kentucky held their Junior Day for football recruits.  Replace the above band names with Winton Woods, Lakota East, Wayne, Colerain, Princeton and La Salle and the Atlantic Ocean with the Ohio River and you have what I have coined, the Ohio Invasion.  This phenomenon, much like the British Invasion, introduces the best new recruiting talent to football fans in Big Blue Nation.

Here are a few of the Ohio recruits that took Kentucky by storm on Saturday.

Teaser: Must See Pic of Best KY QB Drew Barker + Best OH WR Derek Kief #BBN


AIR RAID = Best KY QB Drew Barker with Best OH WR Derek Kief
AIR RAID = Best KY QB Drew Barker with Best OH WR Derek Kief

Can you imagine these two on the same team?
Check back tomorrow for a mega post containing details from Kentucky's Junior Day including pictures, interviews, stats, highlights, etc.  Details of how Cincinnati/Northern KY recruits invaded the Big Blue Nation!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Junior WR Derek Kief Receives Offer from University of Maryland (9th offer)

The University of Maryland Terrapins offered WR Derek Kief. This is Derek's 9th offer and 1st offer from the ACC 4th Big Ten offer. Congrats Derek!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013