ACL injuries for whatever reason have been a frequent occurence at Richland Northeast High School. Last year it was 2009 DE Chris Bonds and now it's 2009 QB Derek Frost. In the midst of a strenuous rehabilitation Frost continues to hear from schools in regards to his recruitment. With 2 offers in hand already Frost got more good news as his first D1 offer came today.
"I got offered by New Mexico State today. I've seen them play on TV a couple of times. They call their head coach the guru of the spread offense. This is the first time I've heard from them actually. It caught me by surprise. Most schools that offer recruit you a while first. This is my first D1 offer."
Frost holds offers now from New Mexico State, Newberry, and Presbyterian. Other schools that are actively in the mix currently are Army, The Citadel, North Carolina, Louisville, and Maryland. "I'd say North Carolina, Louisville, Maryland, and The Citadel are coming the hardest now. I went to The Citadel on Sunday. I got a chance to workout with their QB coach and head coach. They said they like me."
Derek is a very upbeat young man as many prospects would be down in the dumps having such a major injury just prior to their senior season. He came to the UA/Scout.com combine in Charlotte and although he wasn't able to workout he still made the ride up to North Carolina and flashed a beaming smile all day as he watched other top prospects from the Carolinas compete. Teammates G.G. Greene, Kersean Wilson, and Jamal Mtshali all were there and Frost was there to lend his support.
When asked about the injury he quickly replied, "It's going good. I've been doing rehab 5 days a week. I really wanna get back so I can help my team get a state championship. September 1st is the deadline. That's our first region game. I'm not sure who the opponent is but I hope to be back and ready to go by then."
The visit to The Citadel was his first visit and he says he also plans to find a way to make the trek out to New Mexico State and also to visit Army.
Having such a winning attitude and strong work ethic Frost talked about what it's been like dealing with the injury but still being a heavily recruited prospect. Most prospects dealing with major injuries are put on the backburner but obviously college coaching staffs have seen just how dynamic of a player Frost is as he has the three offers now. "It feels pretty good because I know I put in a lot of hard work to get where I'm at. I'm going through rehab and hopefully when I get back I'll be able to get some more big time offers."
The summer has just begun but Derek already has things outlined for the most part as to how he plans on spending his offseason. "Just rehab and continuing to get chemistry with many of my new teammates. We will be working hard together towards our goals of playing in December."
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates on RNE star QB Derek Frost as he continues to hear from major programs across the nation so stay tuned.