Baity's Anxious to See Something New

Derrick Baity is eager to get out and visit some of his out-of-state suitors before issuing a verbal commitment to a lucky school.

The South Florida Bulls and UCF Knights are a pair of schools who've been linked to Derrick Baity since appearing on the radar of numerous collegiate programs a summer ago.

Possessing elite size for a defensive back prospect at 6-foot-3, 185-pounds, the Tampa (Fla.) Plant standout has the advantage of visiting and interacting with the two in-state programs frequently, given the proximity of their campuses.

Those programs are determined to receive a signed Letter of Intent from Baity in February, but the likes of Clemson, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa State and Syracuse have also tendered scholarship offers and Baity is eager to experience something new, sharing a mutual interest.

"I'm supposed to be taking a couple of visits if everything works out," Baity said. "I'm supposed to go to Virginia and Clemson. On the way back, I'm supposed to visit UCF and USF.

"I want to take visits because I've never been out of Florida. I really want to take visits and see the world. I don't want to go anywhere without seeing it. I've been to UCF and USF, but that's home and I know about home. I just want to check stuff out."

Almost a year ago to the day, Baity hauled in his initial scholarship offer from the hometown South Florida Bulls at their annual Sling and Shoot 7-on-7 Tournament, an event the rising senior plans to participate in this weekend.

"We'll be at USF's Sling and Shoot," Baity said. "I think I'm going to get to the visits after this weekend. After the Sling and Shoot, that's when I'm going to leave and then I'm going to come back to USF and UCF on the way back."

It doesn't matter which level of football you're playing. There's always room for improvement and something to get better at each time you lace up the cleats. Baity has the mindset of being one of the premier defensive backs in the country and puts in the hard work on a daily basis to back it up.

"I'm trying to get better at knowing where everyone is going to be on the defense," Baity said. "I'm not really too trustworthy about linebackers sometimes. I just want to know where everyone one is on the defense instead of just playing.

"I don't feel like I have the best footwork. I just work a lot on ladders and getting in and out of my cuts the most."


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