Focus 2010: A.J. Derby

Iowa prep star A.J. Derby will likely be the top rated college football prospect in the state for the class of 2010, and he already holds four official scholarship offers…

A.J. Derby, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound athlete from Iowa City High (Ia.) was one of the top athletes at the U.S. Army Combine.

"I hope I have done okay," Derby said of his performance during an interview at the combine. "I was a little bit nervous out there, but I think it went alright."

Derby was glad to get in to San Antonio and enjoy the warm weather.

"It is a nice town," Derby admitted. "I came down on the 30th and kind of went shopping and stuff, so I kind of hung out. I like it down here."

Derby currently lists four official scholarship offers and says he is wide open at this juncture of the process.

"I am kind of open right now with all schools," Derby stated. "Four schools have offered. Iowa, Wisconsin, Cincinnati and Stanford."

"Some schools like USC I would like to hear from. I have talked to Oklahoma and Florida, but I am just kinda waiting to see what happens (with them)."

As a junior, Derby rushed for 1,063 yards and 13 touchdowns and passed for 1,197 yards and 11 touchdowns.

With a rare blend of size and athleticism the multi-talented Derby could play a number of positions on the next level, but he does admit that he likes being the leader of the offense.

"Leadership, versatility," Derby said when asked about his biggest strengths. "I can play a lot of positions. I want to play quarterback. I will just try to do everything I can (to help the team)."


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