Getting to know your future Tigers

We at TigerAuthority.com will take a look in the next few weeks at all the incoming freshmen signees, allowing all Tiger Fans to get to know the future members of this football team this fall. In the first edition of Getting to know your future Tigers, we will take a look at Whitehaven's Derrick Bobo.

New Memphis Head Football Coach Justin Fuente and his coaching staff showed in a short time that they can recruit with the best of them as they closed a solid recruiting class in just a few weeks.

The Tigers Coaching staff closed strong signing several key prospects in need positions.

We at TigerAuthority.com will take a look in the next few weeks at all the incoming freshmen signees, allowing all Tiger Fans to get to know the future members of this football team this fall.

In the first edition of Getting to know our future Tigers, we will take a look at Whitehaven's Derrick Bobo.

Bobo, a 5-foot-8, 177-pound strong safety, will play nickel back and corner at the University of Memphis.

Tiger Authority.com caught up Bobo recently to get his thoughts on Coach Fuente and the Memphis Football Program.

"I can't wait to be a Tiger," Bobo said. "I'm very proud of my decision to sign with my home town team. When I looked at things that were important to me, I was looking for a system that fit me the best, I wanted to go somewhere I felt comfortable at and Memphis fit all those needs for me."

Bobo remembers the first time he ever met Coach Fuente, the new coach appears to have left a lasting first impression.

"He is a great guy. He shook my hand and looked me in the eyes and told me he wanted me on his team," Bobo said. "From that point on, Memphis recruited me harder than anyone. I knew they truly wanted me."

Bobo got a chance to take in a few of the Tiger's practices this spring and was very impressed with his future coaching staff and team.

"I liked how Coach Fuente ran practice," Bobo said. "You can tell the team is getting better, all the players are positive things are going to change, they are all excited about the new coaching staff."

Bobo agrees with Coach Fuente's goals for the program.

"He is intent on building something special here," Bobo said. "Once we get it built it will be great. It's great for me to represent in my home town, to play in front of people that have watched me play football all my life."

Bobo also was impressed with his new position coach Chris Vaughn.

"Coach Vaughn is great," Bobo said. "He is a great teacher, I got to watch him during a couple of practices. He told me that we are a family and that these players are my brothers. He treated me like I was already a member of the Tiger Family. I like him a lot already."

We caught up Bobo's High School Coach Rodney Saulsberry to get his thoughts on what type of football player Memphis will be getting this fall.

"Derrick is what we call a true football player," Saulsberry said. "He will strike you with intimidation. He has a high football IQ, he is a tireless worker in the weight room and on the field. He has a nose for the football and he is a natural leader."

The veteran Whitehaven Head Coach also feels that Memphis was a great choice for Bobo.

"Memphis is a great fit for Derrick," Saulsberry said. "He is a winner and a foundation piece to jumpstart a new era in the Tiger Football Program. You can win with players with Derrick's attitude towards work and aptitude about the game of football."


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