D.C. Coolidge Derrell Person
committed to Syracuse in August 2008, and by his own admission was
percent committed" to the Orange . With the firing of Head Coach Greg Robinson,
things changed for Derrell aka "Rell" and he started looking around.
"Rell" took a look at the school his friend and former QB Emmanuel Yeager who had recently changed his commitment from Louisville to New Mexico. Toss in a visit from Coach Locks (Mike Locksley) and it all came together.
TRM: Derrell, how did the dialogue start between you and Coach Locksley?
DP: Coach (Locksley) was recruiting me when he was at Illinois so we already had a good relationship beforehand. I started hearing he was in the running for the Syracuse job so which got me excited because I love his offense and he's a great guy. Then like 1:00 AM in the morning, I got a call that Locks took the New Mexico job, so all I was waiting for was a call so we could get stuff started. I got a call from a number I didn't know a couple of weeks and I was hoping it was him. I answered the phone and it was coach, so we have been talking ever since.
TRM: So what happened when he came out to visit you?
DP: We just started talking about football. He asked me if I liked winning football games and going to bowl games. I said yeah I want to win football games and go to bowl games. I love winning; he loves winning, so we're on the same page. I want to get away, get my education, and become a man. I will work hard over the next three years to become a pro and New Mexico is the best place for me.
TRM: So what schools have you heard from recently? Any plans for to visit elsewhere?
DP: Maryland, Utah , Central Michigan, Louisville were calling. Michigan called wanting me and Emmanuel as a package deal… As far as visits, I am taking my visit to New Mexico on the 30th and that's it.
TRM: So what kind of receiver are you on the field?
DP: I am a big-player WR (50 catches, 1011 yards receiving). I score every time I touch the ball (18 TDs); screens, go routes, it doesn't matter.
TRM: So what do you want to me to pass on The Red Menace?DP: Just tell everyone I will be there in a little while, I'm on my way.