Linebacker Derek Largent from El Camino Community College (Torrance, Calif.) signed with San Diego State this week.
"I'm very grateful for the opportunity to play for San Diego State and I can't wait to be an Aztec," Largent excitedly said.
The middle linebacker will have three years of eligibility at SDSU and should be able to bring a lot to the football squad.
"I'm hard nose and I never back down," Largent said. "I value the team more than anything because without everyone working together, we won't accomplish anything."
The most stunning thing about Largent's game is this will only be his third year playing football, started playing his senior year in high school.
"I'm still growing as an athlete and an individual," Largent said. "I'm definitely going to hit a peak."
Largent who was a first team all conference, as a linebacker couldn't be more pleased with his decision by going to a JC this past season.
"You get time to grow as a football player, not just physically but you get to understand the game more," Largent explained. "I got to play in every single game, the whole game for all the games we played, that really helped."
Largent hopes to eventually start and be the next great Aztec but that won't be in the middle as he is expected to move to outside linebacker.
"I played middle at El Camino but I'm fast enough so the coaching staff wants me to play outside and come off the edge, cover receivers, use my speed," Largent explained.
Largent also received offers from Nevada and San Jose State. He was also talking to Oregon State but he knew his heart was in San Diego.
"San Diego State was the school I wanted to go to straight out of high school," Largent said. "I took a visit in high school and really liked what they had to offer. It was just a matter of time before they offered me this time."
It was San Diego State cornerbacks coach Tony White who was able to bring the 6-foot-3 and 225-pound defensive force to the Aztecs this upcoming season.
"Told me to better bring it, can't be soft. Do good by us and we will do good by you," Largent said. "It's a huge commitment and I'm excited for it."
The future Aztec is not sure if he where he will take it summer school but does know he will be football ready when he steps on campus. Largent will be working out everyday on his own and with the El Camino football team.
Largent: ‘Can't wait to be an Aztec'
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