Kansas State and TCU are the most recent offers for Dvonta Derricott, a sophomore linebacker at Garden City (Kan.) Community College. As a true freshman from Richmond, Va., the 6-foot-1, 235-pound linebacker was the team's second leading tackler with 55 in 2012. He's earned 27th D-1 offers but has his sights set on a late summer visit to Manhattan after the Wildcats offer.
"My defensive line coach told me two weeks ago about the Kansas State offer," Derricott told KStateFans.com. "Coach Joe Gordon has written me letters stating their interest. I plan on visiting sometime before the season. It's a decent program. You know, I watched a few of their games last year. They made it to the Fiesta Bowl, but lost there to Oregon.
"The offer came [from Kansas State] after they watched my spring highlight tape. They were very impressed with my speed and size and being able to play inside or outside linebacker."
Before joining the Broncbusters in Garden City, Derricott played alongside the likes of Derrick Green (Michigan) and Curtis Grant (Ohio State) at Hermitage High School. Now he has a slew of offers heading into his second season as a starter and set to be academically qualified by December.
"My freshman year was decent but I thought it could have been better," he said. "This spring I thought I improved on coming downhill faster, reading my blocks, and not misreading my gaps. Junior College was an adjustment from high school. It's not easy. There are a lot of people who could have played college ball competing their hardest. I had to get used to the speed of the game and making the right reads, but by the third game of the season I was a full-time starter."
Kansas State has built a reputation for landing JC talent, but may have their work cut out for them in recruiting Derricott who has several schools after him since his days at Hermitage.
"My number one school is Wisconsin because of my relationship with Coach (Chris Beatty)," Derricott stated. "He gave me an offer when he was at Illinois and was recruiting me back when he was still with Vanderbilt. I took an unofficial visit to East Carolina when I was back at home. I know I'm going to West Virginia in the fall because they've been recruiting me hard for awhile.
"The first thing I'm looking for is an opportunity to start right away. The next thing is the environment around campus and how the city is. I want to see how the program has been doing. Schools like Ohio State that have been under recent investigation are ones I'll likely stay away from. I'll most likely make my decision known during the season or soon afterward since I'm still on track to finish in December."
Derricott believes Garden City has a strong shot to win the National Championship this year. The Broncbusters feature Tyreek Hill at running back and Dontavius Blair at offensive line, both are being heavily recruited by Kansas State.