March 24, 2009

Derby picks up three more offers

After spending last week on spring break with his family, A.J. Derby had a nice present waiting in his mailbox when he returned home. The four star dual threat quarterback prospect open up his mail and found three more offers, including one from one of the top programs in college football.

"I just got offered by South Florida, Kansas State, and Florida," Derby said Monday evening.

The 6-foot-4 and 218 pound quarterback had made an unofficial visit to the Gators campus last fall and felt honored to pick up the offer in writing on Monday.

"It's pretty cool to get an offer from the national champs. I had talked to Coach McCarney and Coach Meyer on the phone and they told me they were going to offer. They said that Florida is a great place and they wanted me to come there and play for the Gators," he said.

Coach Dan McCarney, who grew up in Iowa City and coached at the University of Iowa and was the Head Coach at Iowa State, is leading the recruiting efforts for the Gators.

"He is the guy that I have been talking to and recruiting me. I feel real comfortable with him because I actually knew him before I was even being recruited because he coached at Iowa when my dad was there."

With Derby's skill set as a runner and a passer, he has draw comparisons to Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, which is flattering for the 2010 prospect to hear.

"I have heard that comparison, but obviously I am not at the same level as Tebow, but it is nice to be compared to him. Right now, I just have to continue to keep working hard and improving," Derby said.

The big question is what does the scholarship offer from Florida mean for his recruitment?

"Right now I am still wide open. I just want to wait and see who offers and then I will probably narrow it down once the coaches can start making their rounds to my school," he said.

With spring practice getting underway on college campuses around the country, Derby would like to make a few visits if possible, but the only scheduled trip will be a local one.

"I am going to spring practice at Iowa. That is just right down the road for me. They have extended an invite to the Iowa guys who have offers to come and watch practice and I am planning to go to that."

Also in the works is a tryout of the Elite 11 quarterback camp sometime this spring. Derby has been extended an invitation to tryout at one of the camps, but he hasn't decided which one he will be attending.

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