Sherrod, a big 6-6, 298-pounder, is a two-way starter at the prep level but when he makes the jump to the college level the talk centers around him protecting his quarterback on the edge.
Looking at what he did on defense, though, some may take a look at Sherrod on that side of the ball after he recorded 93 tackles, four sacks and recovered three fumbles last year.
LSU has not offered but Tigers'
offensive line coach Stacey Searels recently made the drive over from
"He said that he liked my size and my ability to move off the ball," Sherrod told Tiger Rag. "I've always been in interested in LSU so to see that they are genuinely interested in me made me feel good."
What are some of the things the big lineman likes about the Tigers?
"I like their competitiveness and their will to win," he said. "They have been real successful and send a lot of players to the next level."
Sherrod has not decided where he will camp at this summer but he does know of one place.
"I haven't gotten all of the camps that I plan on attending sorted out so far but I know for sure that I'm going to attend LSU's," he said.
When Derek gets ready to make a decision regarding his future he knows what he will be looking for and it has more to do with just wins and losses on the field.
"The academic progress of the football team is going to play a big part (in the decision)," stated Derek, who claims a 3.6 GPA and reports a 20 on the ACT. "Another big factor will be whether or not the school has a good field of study for what I plan on majoring in and location."