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D'Vanta Derricott picked up an Iowa scholarship offer on Wednesday. The Kansas junior college linebacker talks about the opportunity, his connection to the Hawkeye coaching staff and where he stands in the recruiting process.

Dvonta Derricott knows very little about Iowa. The junior college linebacker still has the Hawkeyes among his favorites.

"I think I would put them in my Top 4 just because of the relationship with me and Coach (Jim) Reid," Derricott said.

Reid became Iowa's co-linebackers coach this offseason after being the defensive coordinator at Virginia. He offered a Cavaliers scholarship to Derricott while he was at Hermitage (VA) High.

Derricott failed to qualify academically as a prep and spent last season at Garden City (KS) Community College. Reid reconnected with him this week.

"He called my coach (Wednesday) and they talked," Derricott said. "Then me and Coach Reid talked. That's when he offered me (an Iowa scholarship)."

Derricott said he and Reid have kept in touch throughout the last year.

"We have a good relationship," Derricott said.

Derricott reports other scholarship offers from South Florida, East Carolina, Kansas, UAB, Marshall and West Virginia. He plans to graduate from Garden City in December and enroll at a four-year school in January. He will have three years to play two seasons at the next level.

Iowa's spring depth chart shows three senior starters at linebacker. There isn't much experience behind that trio so Derricott could compete for early playing time next spring.

"That's one of my main things," he said. "I want to see if there's an opportunity to play or if I'm going to have to sit."

Derricott has an East Carolina visit behind him and plans to see Kansas in the summer. He's not sure if or when he might get to Iowa.

"It's hard to say," he said. "It's far away."

Derricott, who is leaning towards a criminal justice major at a four-year school, points to a strong relationship with coaches, an exciting football and academic environment, and a winning tradition as key components to him picking his next school.

Garden City employs a 3-4 defensive alignment with Derricott on the outside. Iowa runs a 4-3.

"We ran a 4-3 in high school," Derricott said. "I think I can play outside or inside. I feel I'm good in pursuit. I can stop the run and also cover."

The 6-foot-2, 234-pound Derricott said he ran a 4.49-second, 40-yard dash this spring.

Derricott hopes to verbally commit to a school before the start of the next football season. He says West Virginia, East Carolina and South Florida are the programs standing out to him right now.

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