Derrick Thorpe, is a 6'4-265 pound all-state offensive lineman that plays for Fletcher HS in Neptune Beach FL, a team that has made the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, and this year's team is hoping to make it four in a row
"Things are going real good, we're 6-1 on the season," said Thorpe. "Personally I'm doing very well."
Thorpe is a two-way lineman for the Senators, but earned All-State 2nd team for the class 5A classification as a offensive tackle as a junior, and that's what most schools are recruiting him for him as he's received 14 scholarship offers including Arkansas, South Florida, Missouri, Southern Miss, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Illinois, and Syracuse.
"USF, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Southern Miss, Missouri, West Virginia are the schools that were talking to me the most," said Thorpe. "USF, Arkansas, and Georgia Tech make up my top three."
A few weeks back Derrick attended the USF game against Western Kentucky with his mom and came away impressed with the entire experience.
"The visit was a good experience," said Thorpe. "We toured the stadium, it was real big, and everything about it was real nice. It was a good environment, and I can imagine what it would be like when they play against a good opponent. My mom liked it a lot too."
Thorpe said that since he's being recruited as an offensive lineman, he spent most of the time watching how the o-line played and liked what he saw.
"I watched the o-line most of the time, and I think they played real well honestly," said Thorpe. "Most are seniors and they played like it."
Thorpe said USF has been recruiting him since the beginning of his junior year and he talks mostly with USF offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler.
"I like coach Shankweiler, I think he's a good guy," said Thorpe. "He's been very honest with me through the whole process."
Thorpe talks about some of the things why USF is among his favorites.
"I like the coaching staff and feel a bond with them, and the team seems to have a family atmosphere going and that's one of the things I'm looking for," said Thorpe. "Skip Holtz has a new team he's building down there and I think he'll do big things.
The Fletcher standout has been to USF once before for junior day and got to see some of what USF has to offer.
"We didn't take a full tour while we were there and mainly just saw the football facilities," said Thorpe. "The weight room was big, the locker room, meeting areas and everything was real nice."
Thorpe said he hasn't set any official visits up yet, and but has some in mind most likely when his season is over.
"I want to go over to USF again for an official visit, and learn some more," said Thorpe. "I'm also thinking about setting one up with Georgia Tech, Arkansas, and maybe Southern Miss."
With his season in full swing, Thorpe said recruiting has taken back stage as he's focusing on his senior year.
"Right now I'm focused on this season," said Thorpe. "Our main goal is to get passed the first round of the play-offs. We've been stuck there the last few years and want to get passed it."
Thorpe said he doesn't plan on making an early decision, but won't wait until signing day either.
"I don't have a time in mind, but I won't wait until the very end, and will probably make my choice after our season is over," said Thorpe.
In the classroom Thorpe claims a 3.2 GPA and a 1000 SAT score, and is fully qualified.Stick with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Derrick Thorpe and the rest of the 2011 signing class.