Miss. DB has U-M in Top Two

GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke earlier with the mother of South Panola High School defensive back standout <b>Derek Pegues</b> from Batesville, Miss. GBW caught up with Derek himself on Monday. He will indeed be taking a trip up north and will be stopping by one of he schools on the top of his list.

"I have about seven or eight offers," Derek Pegues said. "Michigan, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Alabama, and Arkansas have all offered. I really don't have a favorite but Michigan and Tennessee are two schools I like a lot." Tennessee is his childhood favorite. "Michigan is a great school, is on T.V. a lot, and puts a lot of players in the NFL," he said. He said he has spoke with Michigan defensive defensive backs coach Ron English and defensive coordinator Jim Herrmann, but has yet to speak with Head Coach Lloyd Carr.

The 5 foot 11, 190-pound Pegues said he is planning on stopping by the Michigan campus this month. "I'm going up for the Notre Dame camp, I have a lot of family in South Bend," he said. "After that I'll be going up to Michigan for a visit. It won't be for the camp but I've never been the the school so I want to see it while I'm up there."

Playing time, football tradition, and academics are the top three things the Mississippi star is looking for in the school he eventually chooses. "Right now Michigan, LSU, Tennessee, and Notre Dame are the schools that stand out in those areas right now," Pegues said. "Michigan and Notre Dame are recruiting me the hardest right now. The Michigan staff has been the most friendly and up front."

Pegues plays quarterback for South Panola. During his junior year he rushed for 1,568 yards and 33 touchdowns while throwing for 1,160 yards and 13 touchdowns. But he is being recruited as a cornerback. "That's where schools are recruiting me for and where I want to play in college," he said. He didn't attend any Nike of MSL camps this spring and reports a 4.36 in the 40.

Besides the Notre Dame camp, Pegues said he'll be camping at Mississippi and Mississippi State. His mom told us she would like her son to stay close to home but that the decision will be up to him. "I don't have a problem at all leaving Mississippi," he said. "But I am getting a lot, I man a lot of pressure to stay home."

Pegues said he plans to take all if his official visits and will make a decision in February. He said in addition to visiting schools this summer he will be participating in seven-on-seven passing leagues.

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