A cousin of Portland Trail Blazers rookie Travis Outlaw, Derrick is showing that he could wind up being a big-time prospect as well, considering the letters he has received so far.
"Of course (Mississippi) State, Ole Miss, Auburn, Florida, Southern Miss and Memphis," said Derrick, naming the schools that have sent him letters.
Derrick has also begun to think about what schools he will be camping at this summer.
"I am definitely going to the Mississippi State camp and Ole Miss and a couple of other camps," said Derrick. "This summer, I'm going to spend some time with Travis in (Portland) Orgeon and I think I am going to go to a couple of camps up there."
Although it is early in the recruiting process, Derrick has a tentative list of schools that he is interested in.
"I like (Mississippi) State, Ole Miss, Memphis - I've got family in Memphis - and Southern Miss," said Derrick.
Look for the recruiting heat to be turned up a notch on this youngster because top defensive linemen are hard to come by and this young man has all the qualities colleges are looking for.
Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports and Mississippi high school sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at email@example.com.