Rockdale Home To Elite 2012 Linebacker

Rockdale (TX) is a small town in central Texas, but home to an elite linebacker that recruiting analysts believe could be one of the best to come out of the Lone Star State in many years. Derek David has firmly established himself as one of the top 2012 defenders with a verbal offer list growing by the day. Websider's Taylor Hamm spoke to the 6-foot-4, 225 pound defender about his impressive list.

Rockdale (TX) is a small town in central Texas, but home to an elite linebacker that recruiting analysts believe could be one of the best to come out of the Lone Star State in many years. Derek David has firmly established himself as one of the top 2012 defenders with a verbal offer list growing by the day. The 6-foot-4, 225 pounder already holds verbal offers from the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, USC, and Texas A&M to name a few.

Derek isn't going to name any leaders this early in the process but a couple of major programs out of the SEC and Big 10 have already entrenched themselves into David's head.

"I talked to Alabama TV. They want me to come up there and do a show. I'm not sure what it's all about but they want me to come up there soon and interview me because I'm one of Coach Saban's top targets next year."

"Ohio State said they wanted me," said David. "I grew up a Buckeyes fan. When you walk into the stadium at the Horseshoe it's an amazing sight and the people there are so nice. I've been to games at Texas and A&M, both of those schools are crazy but I would still put Ohio State on top."

Derek has a busy summer ahead with planned stops to Stillwater on the 13th, Texas Camp in July, and a possible stop in Norman by summer's end. There is a possibility David could make the hour drive to Aggieland this Sunday.

"I need to check with my mom but I would like to come down for their camp on Sunday," said David.

Derek had ankle surgery back in March but that didn't stop him from visiting College Station this spring. Although Derek was on crutches at this year's Maroon and White game, he still got a good taste of Aggieland.

"I really enjoyed College Station," said David. "I couldn't walk around much because I was on crutches but I got to watch most of the game. I like how they run a 3-4 defense like we do at Rockdale."

With all the attention Derek is receiving from schools across the country, Coach Sherman will have to pull out all the stops for his services in 2012.

"They will be a contender if all the other schools back out," said David when asked if A&M will be a team he considers.

Derek has grown an inch this spring which has helped him on the basketball court. The starting power forwards for the Tigers opened up this season with 30 points and 18 rebounds his first outing and followed up that with another double-double performance racking up 20 points and 10 rebounds last night.

"If I was any taller, basketball would be my favorite sport. My doctor actually told me there is a chance I get up to 6'-6" or 6'-7" before I am done growing."

Derek is looking to have his list narrowed down by the end of his junior year and hopefully be committed before the start of his senior year. David recorded 93 tackles in 2009.


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