Derek Roback (6-foot-3, 225-pounds) Waverly High School (Ohio):
Brian Kelly's Comments: "He's a young man that I tried to get at Cincinnati, and it didn't work out. We were trying to get him in early. He is just a pure athlete. He plays a number of different positions. We think he can play probably as many as three or four positions. He's a great student, and a great kid. He has great athleticism, good size, and very good speed. He's going to help our football team. You can see him out at the wide receiver position, wherever they needed a play, he returns punts, sweeps out the stadium after the game. He's just a guy that does a little bit of everything for his football team. A very athletic kid."
Derek Roback Profile: Roback passed for 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns as senior quarterback at Waverly High School. He could not play quarterback in three games as senior due to injury so lined up at wide receiver instead and caught two touchdown passes He was named first-team all-district by the Associated Press following senior season. He played quarterback, tight end, wide receiver, outside linebacker, free safety and returned kicks at different times during his high school career. As a junior, he passed for 1,585 yards with 21 touchdowns and also rushed for 480 yards and four touchdowns. He He played wide receiver and safety as sophomore. He caught 47 passes for 833 yards and 12 touchdowns and recorded 36 tackles and four interceptions.
Danny Spond (6-foot-3 232-pounds) Columbine High School (Littleton, Colo.):
Brian Kelly's Comments: "We're excited about having him. He's played quarterback this year. You can see his athletic ability at his size. He's rated a four star player by a lot of publications. He's a young man that can play a number of different positions. He's a guy that's shown the ability to do a lot of jobs for us… very athletic. You can see a big kid, the safety or outside backer."
Danny Spond Profile: Spond passed for 517 yards on 41-for-64 throwing with 10 touchdowns and rushed for 386 yards with four touchdowns, despite missing four games due to injury. He also kicked five of seven PATs, connected on both field-goal attempts (one for 46 yards), punted 14 times for 35.9-yard average, intercepted one pass and made 13.5 tackles as cornerback. He rushed for 178 yards in one 2009 game against Chatfield. Scout.com ranked Spond the No. 14 middle linebacker nationally. He was a first-team all-Colorado selection by Denver Post as junior and honorable mention all-state by the Post as senior. He played quarterback for Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., and helped lead Rebels to state semifinals as junior and quarterfinals as senior in 2009.
first-team all-Big 8 Conference selection for 2009 on Columbine team that finished 8-4 and qualified for Colorado 5A playoffs. As a junior he passed 57 times for 511 yards and eight touchdowns. He rushed for 874 yards and averaged 9.8 rushing yards per carry with 10 rushing touchdowns in leading Columbine to a 11-2 record
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