Peyton Derrick truly earned his status as the Mountaineer choice at quarterback in the 2017 class with an outstanding summer-camp performance that vaulted him past other candidates. Derrick threw for 2,895 yards and 29 touchdowns, ran for 546 yards and 10 rushing scores, for a school-record 3,427 total yards. In doing so, he was chosen HSSR-SCHSL 5-A All-State, 5-A Region 6 Player of the Year, and played in the Touchstone Energy Cooperative North/South All-Star game.
Most of the Conway football passing records Derrick broke during his career previously belonged to his older brother, Dakota, who played at Furman.
Derrick is a versatile quarterback in the mold of current Mountaineer signal-caller Taylor Lamb. Derrick makes all of the key throws required in the App State offense, makes accurate reads at the line of scrimmage, and is also an opportunistic running threat. Derrick also demonstrated his leadership in helping bring Conway from back-to-back 2-9 seasons in his first two years and leading them into the 2016 South Carolina 5-A state playoff quarterfinals.
RECRUITING COORDINATOR & COACH SCOT SLOAN ANALYSIS
PEYTON DERRICK HIGHLIGHTS
KEY MOMENT: The very first play is noteworthy; stays in the pocket, patiently scans the field, feels the pressure and extends the play left before throwing a strike on the run.
APP STATE MANIA ANALYSIS
It’s tough to put the label of a great App State player onto an incoming freshman but since that’s what we do, there’s a lot of Taylor Lamb in Peyton Derrick. Very calm and poised, always looking down the field but able to recognize an escape route, and simply delivers. Makes the throws, reads the defense, and has legs that are deceptively effective in breaking plays.