Derricott Slowing Down

Dvonta Derricott is one of the most highly recruited junior college players in the nation. The Garden City (KS) linebacker talks about his tentative Top 5, his plans for the summer and his decision timeline in this premium story.

The scholarship offers continue rolling in for Dvonta Derricott. As a result, he's stepping back from the recruiting process for a while.

The Garden City (KS) JUCO linebacker is working out at home in Virginia. He'll return to school in early July, meet with his coach and then map out his five official visits.

"I was supposed to visit West Virginia (unofficially) when I came back (to Virginia)," the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Derricott said. "The coach wanted me to wait until the season starts. He wants us to sit down and talk about my visits.

"I don't want to use my officials going to the wrong places. I also don't want to rush things, commit some place and then have to back out of it."

Derricott is reporting 20 scholarship offers. Two schools that haven't extended him an opportunity, Florida and Oklahoma, are taking a serious look at him.

"I have a Top 5 but it seems to change sometimes," Derricott said. "I would say right now it would be Wisconsin, Iowa, West Virginia, South Florida and Kansas. That could change, though.

"I don't really have one school that is sticking out to me. Wisconsin is standing out some. I like Baylor but I'm not sure how I fit into the defense. Wherever I commit, I want a program that wins and has a chance at the national championship."

Iowa was one of the first schools to offer Derricott a scholarship. He was in high school when he began his relationship with Hawkeye Linebacker Coach Jim Reid.

"It's been good," Derricott said of his connection with Iowa. "I call Coach Reid and we talk. My high school coach talks to him a lot, too.

"I think they will be a school that I visit. But, again, I need to talk it over with my coach and find the five places I want to take my officials to."

Derricott is considering a criminal justice major. He's on track to graduate in December, enroll in a four-year school in January and will have three years to play two at the next level.

"I might (verbally) commit in November but I also might wait until after the season," Derricott said.

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