Elite 2012 Linebacker Weighs In On Visit

On Wednesday, Dat Nguyen courted 2012 Rockdale (TX) linebacker Derek David, who is being heralded as one of the top defenders to come out of the Lone Star State in years, to College Station for an unofficial visit. David was recovering from off-season ankle-surgery when he attended the Maroon & White game this spring but yesterday he got a full glimpse of what Aggieland has to offer.

On Wednesday, Dat Nguyen courted 2012 Rockdale (TX) linebacker Derek David, who is being heralded as one of the top defenders to come out of the Lone Star State in years, to College Station for an unofficial visit. David currently holds verbal offers from top programs such as Alabama, Ohio State, Texas, Texas Tech, USC, and Texas A&M to name a few. David was recovering from off-season ankle-surgery, which left him in crutches, when he attended the Maroon & White game this spring so he was unable to get a full glimpse of what Aggieland has to offer.

"I came up to see Coach Nguyen and the head coach Mike Sherman," said David. "I got there around 10 o'clock and spent most of the day with Coach Nguyen. He took me around campus because the last time I was up there I was on crutches."

Derek wants to be a sports broadcaster when he gets older so the A&M staff took him over to the state of the art 12th Man Productions suite along with many other stops along the way.

"They took me to the weight room, the locker room, the middle of the field, the press box, the rec center, and introduced me to all the coaches. It was a busy day but I enjoyed it."

This 6-foot-4, 228-pound phenom is easily the top defensive target for the Ags in 2012. In fact, the coaches made sure Derek knew how much they want him while he was on campus yesterday.

"I'm their number one person they want to get," said David. "A lot of schools are telling me that though."

Nguyen and Sherman put the hard sell on the Rockdale native.

"Coach Nguyen said that he wants me to come in and bring back the wrecking crew they had back when he was playing. Mike Sherman said I was the best defensive player he's seen in like 5 years. That meant a lot to me knowing his background in the NFL."

"It shows me that if I go there that I will have a real good chance at going to the NFL."

Derek's top-5 changes daily, as young prospects tend to do, but after his visit to Aggieland yesterday, A&M appears to have positioned themselves as a serious player for David's services down the road.

"My new Top 5 in order would be Ohio State, Texas Tech, Alabama, A&M, and Texas," said David.

Although it seems that Derek enjoyed himself on Wednesday, he used a unique scoring system to rate his visit.

"Out of a scale from 1-10, I would give it a 6," said David."I put it as a 6 because that's my jersey number."

"The one thing I didn't like about their college is that they have a train track going straight through campus. I just don't like trains that much."

Derek's teammate and best friend LeRaven Clark recently committed to Texas Tech and the two spent 5 days in Lubbock earlier this month. It's safe to say that Tech has emerged as one of the front runners for David early on in the process.

"It feels like I fit in and stuff up there," Derek said of Texas Tech."The coaches were great to me, the players, everything."

The sophomore inside linebacker who recorded 93 tackles in 2009 has plans to be at Kyle Field next season.

"I'm going go to a lot of games next year," said David. "I want to see how they look."


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