Monroeville (PA) Gateway defensive tackle Derrick Maultsby earned Defensive Lineman MVP honors at the Shuman's National Underclassman Combine at Ringgold High School this past Sunday. It's not the first time the 6-3, 305-pound Maultsby has performed well in this type of environment.
Maultsby won the Defensive Lineman MVP honors for the sophomore NUC Combine in 2010. He was also invited to the Ultimate 100 camp, and to the Top 100 Junior in America camp, where he was also invited to play in their All-America game.
"It's a great honor," Maultsby said. "I feel like I did pretty good out there. It tells me where I'm at compared to other people. There was a lot of good offensive linemen out there. I competed well."
Maultsby has also seen some increased interest from colleges in his recruitment.
"I have a lot of looks from DI schools," Maultsby said. "I got invited for an unofficial to Wisconsin for the spring game. I decided not to go. It was bad timing. I went on an unofficial visit to Pitt. I have like 18 D-I looks. No offers yet, but they'll come in time."
The visit to Pitt was more than impressive for Maultsby, who labels the Panthers as a favorite if they were to follow up with an offer.
"I went for a spring practice," Maultsby said. "I love the new coaching staff. The new defense is high-octane. That's how we run it at Gateway. It was a great experience. I'd definitely enjoy going to Pitt. They're definitely at the top of my list."
Maultsby also got a good impression of the Pitt coaching staff.
"I got to meet with the d-line coach (Paul Randolph)," Maultsby said. "He's a great guy, a guy I would love to play for. Coach Graham was a standup guy, a down south kind of guy. He was just real, real friendly."