"I didn't really have any offers coming out of high school," Delrick Abrams of Independence Community College said. "I ended up going to JUCO in a small town up here in Kansas. It's been good though. I have some offers now and that's what I was looking for."
The chance to play major college football has been a dream for Abrams most of his life. Being able to take steps towards making that dream a reality, Abrams is working towards making something of himself on and off of the field.
"I really want to go to a school where I am going to get my degree," Abrams said. "I don't want to go some school where they just play around and you end up leaving without your degree. I want to be able to graduate and have the chance to get a good job in case football doesn't work out. Graduation rates are important to me."
Six college programs have extended offers to Abrams. The most recent school to offer was Mississippi State, who threw their hats into the ring late last week.
"I have offers from UCLA, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Colorado, Southern Miss and Mississippi State," Abrams said. "It all happened at once. After I talked with Coach (Jim) Mora at UCLA about they offered me, they just sort of came all at once.
"Mississippi State offered me a couple of days ago. I talked to them on the phone and they told me that they were offering me a scholarship and that they felt I was a good fit for them."
Abrams denies a front runner, but reports that Arkansas, Colorado, Mississippi State and Oklahoma State have all made a solid early impression.
"I know that I want to take my official visits before I make a decision," Abrams said. "I feel pretty sure that I want to visit Colorado. I might go see them this summer. I like the schools that have offered me and now I am just getting to know as much about them as I can."
Defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach DJ Eliot is responsible for Abrams' recruitment from the Buffaloes' staff, and Colorado defensive backs coach ShaDon Brown has also been in contact with him.
"Colorado really likes my film and how I play," Abrams said. "I like the way they are recruiting me, they seem like great people. I'm looking forward to getting out there to see it with my mom."
The December graduate reports that he is in no hurry to make his signing day selection. The academic support, official visits and projected depth charts will be major factors in Abrams deliberations.
"I want to be able to play somewhere that I fit in well with the players and coaches," Abrams said. "I want to graduate and I want to be able to help the team win games. I also want to be part of a family atmosphere where everybody is happy on campus. I want to see people smiling when I visit. I want to be part of an exciting schools where people enjoy going there."
Abrams recorded 30 tackles and three interceptions during his first year at Independence Community College. The 6-3, 180-pounder is expected to remain at corner at his next stop, but is willing to play whatever position advances the needs of the team.