One of the biggest targets for the Toledo Rockets right now is Columbus St. Francis De Sales High School product, Brandon Derrow. The six-four, 230-pound defensive end possesses great hands for block shedding and excellent explosiveness as well. The highly sought-after recruit holds an impressive offer sheet as Toledo, Ball State, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Appalachian State, Buffalo, Marshall, Kent State, Akron, Bowling Green, Western Kentucky, Youngstown State, Eastern Kentucky and Rutgers have all offered but a few schools are standing out for him.
"Right now, Toledo is in my top four along with Rutgers, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan. I really like the direction Toledo is going under Coach Candle and how they've shown a lot of interest in me."
As for what he looks for in a school or program, Derrow has a few different requirements.
"I'm looking for a lot of things but mainly how good the school is academically and how I feel I fit into the program. I'm currently undecided on a major but I've been thinking business," Derrow told us.
The three-star is currently ranked as the 22nd-best defensive end in the Midwest region and is someone that could potentially make an instant impact at the next level as his recruitment heats up.
"I would say my strengths are how hard I go, which translates into speed and a good get off. I also think I'm aggressive with my hands," he said on his strengths on the field.
As Toledo continues their pursuit of one of their top targets, they'll be helped by a very good 2017 NFL Draft for the program which saw three players drafted, including defensive tackle Treyvon Hester. Aside from Hester, defensive end John Stepec was also invited to the New York Giants' rookie mini-camp, something that recruits are definitely noticing as the Toledo program gains national attention. As for the other schools in Derrow's top four, he has specific reasons why they've caught his eye.
"I felt really at home at the Rutgers campus and really like the player-coach relationships. At Western Kentucky, I was really impressed with the new coaching staff and it seems like they're really going in the right direction. I have a lot of respect for Toledo for continuing to recruit me heavily and how they really want me to be a part of their program. I was also really impressed with the campus and facilities at Western Michigan," Derrow said on his top four.
As his recruitment heats up, we'll be here with the latest. As always, stay tuned to Scout.