NC State has taken a keen interest in Conway (SC) High School QB Dakota Derrick. After a breakout junior season, Derrick will be hard at work to land his first division one scholarship offer.
Conway is typically one of the stronger programs in South Carolina and Derrick helped to carry on that tradition in 2006- his first as a varsity starter.
On the year he completed 179-of-279 passes for 2,410 yards and 22 touchdowns while helping lead his squad to a 13-2 record and a class 4A state championship berth. Along the way, Derrick nabbed all-area honors but that could be just the start for this fast-rising QB.
At 6-5, 190 pounds, Derrick has the kind of size that scouts look for in a pro-style QB. The rising senior also has the smarts and decision-making skills that helped put him on the radar of at least two major division one programs. Derrick talked with Pack Pride recently about both.
"Right now, NC State and South Carolina are showing the most interest of the division one programs," said Derrick. "Coach (Jerry) Petercuskie came by and I've also had a chance to talk to him. He was just telling me about the style of offense they play and how my playing style is similar to QB's that have done well at Boston College in the past. He said they're looking for a pocket passer and invited me to camp.
South Carolina is also heavily involved and Derrick is keeping a close eye on the Gamecocks as well.
"They invited me to their spring practice and spring game," he said. "I talked to Steve Spurrier Jr., and they were really saying a lot of the same things NC State was saying. I'll be going up there for camp, too."
Derrick has a busy summer as he'll be attending numerous camps in the hopes of catching the eye of college coaches. On the list of stops are NC State, South Carolina, Georgia, Auburn, Vanderbilt, UNC, Tennessee and Furman.
As for the Wolfpack, he'll have some familiar faces around when he makes the trip to Raleigh.
"My grandma lives in Cary, and she's a diehard State fan," said Derrick. "She attended every football and basketball game until a couple of years ago. My cousin went there and played tennis so I like the location and it helps to have my family there. I really love coach O'Brien's style of offense so it would be a great place to go."
Derrick is a fine student and projects as an academic qualifier.
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