July 18, 2008

Derby picks up second Big Ten offer

The Class of 2010 is shaping up to be a strong one in the state of Iowa for both football and basketball prospects and one of the top multi-sport athletes in the class has picked up his second Big Ten offer. Last season, A.J. Derby played tight end in the Iowa City High offense, but this summer he has been working at various camps at quarterback and several high profile programs are taking notice of his work under center.

This summer, Derby went to camps at Wisconsin, Florida, and Oklahoma and played quarterback. The Badgers coaching staff was impressed enough to extend a scholarship offer this week.

"I went up there for their camp for about a day and a half and their quarterback coach really liked me. Coach Bielema offered me as a quarterback and he said that if that didn't work, then I could play anywhere else too," Derby said.

The 6-foot-4 and 215 pound athlete will also be sending tapes this fall to the Sooners and the Gators to give them a closer look at his signal caller skill level.

"I went down to Florida and played quarterback too. They said they are real interested, but they want to wait and see some game tapes where I am actually playing," he said. Oklahoma is in the same position as Florida. They are very interested, but they want to see some tapes this fall."

Derby played quarterback in his freshman year of high school and with a strong throwing arm; he feels he will make a pretty smooth transition to the position this fall.

"I have been throwing some since my freshman year. Last year we had packages in our game plan where I would throw and this year I will be working there."

Iowa, where his father John played college football, and Cincinnati had previously extended offers this spring with a position to be determined down the road.

But, it may be a year from now before Derby makes any sort of decision. He said he will more than likely make his college choice after baseball season ends next year. Derby is also an outstanding baseball and basketball player and those options could come into play as well. Right now he is undecided on which sport he will play in college.

"I'm not leaning towards one sport at this point. I just want to weigh all my options," he said.

Next up for the 2010 prospect is basketball with his AAU team, All Iowa Attack. They are set to travel to Orlando next week for a national tournament where he will team with fellow high major prospects Harrison Barnes and Zach McCabe with many of the top college basketball coaches looking on.

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