Lauderdale Getting Some Southland Love

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes, while getting a quick look at what's the latest on the college recruiting front. Today, we feature Houston Bellaire wide receiver Derwyn Lauderdale. This is a TPI Premium article.

There were plenty of expectations this season for the Houston Bellaire football team. But it seems that a many of them may have diminished. With a 3-6 (1-3 in District 20-5A play) record, there is not much of a chance at the postseason.

But in a recent 40-22 loss to Westside, there were several shining lights on the Cardinal team. One player who refused to be denied was wide receiver Derwyn Lauderdale. Despite the score, Lauderdale had seven catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns.

"I think I played good. I wish I could have done more to help my team win," Lauderdale said.

But good play does not go to waste. That's obvious from the results. At the moment, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Lauderdale does not have an offer on the table, but from the sounds of things, one could on the way sooner rather than later.

"I have been hearing from Louisiana Tech, Texas State, Northwestern Louisiana and Iowa State," Lauderdale said. "I have made one trip already. I went to see Texas State play."

The Houston are product made his way to San Marcos earlier this month. He talked about the experience.

"It was a great game. It went down to the wire and Texas State lost in overtime," Lauderdale said. "It was a field goal missed in overtime that ended it so Texas State lost 51-50. It was a great game."

Lauderdale admits that he did not get as much time with the coaches as he would have liked, but keeps in touch with them every week.

While Lauderdale seeks for the right fit, he claims no favorites for the moment. But he did make a statement that you can take to the bank.

"I don't have any offers right now, but whatever school gives me a chance to play I'm in," Lauderdale said. "I would not mind if I played defensive back or wide receiver, I just want to play."

On the year, Lauderdale has 38 catches for 604 yards and seven touchdowns.

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