The former Bulldog commit has opened back up his recruitment and the Gators are in the thick of this race.
Derouen is 6-foot-4, 289 pound interior offensive line prospect out of Lilburn (Ga.) Parkview and he has yet to step foot on the University of Florida campus, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have high interest in the Gators.
"Florida is my favorite," Derouen told Scout on Tuesday. "Florida has been pursuing me since I decommitted from Mississippi State and I like them a lot.
"I have not visited Florida before, but I think it is a great place for early playing time, and Coach [Mike] Summers (Offensive line) is a legend when it comes to coaching offensive linemen. I also think Coach Mac (Head coach Jim McElwain) is going to put the program where it should me.
"We will see if my official visit persuades me even more about Florida being my favorite."
That official visit Derouen referenced is set for January 30, the final weekend before signing day.
It is likely going to come down to those four schools. Odds are high that Derouen will be a Gator, Wildcat, Cardinal, or Gamecock on February 4.
He does not plan to make a decision before that first Wednesday in February at this time.