WKU Bounce-Back Will Play At East Central

East Central DT Derek Mahaffey (6-3, 290) discusses his decision to leave WKU and enroll at East Central...

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Derek Mahaffey
East Central (Miss.)
  • DE
  • 6'3"
  • 290

After a solid prep career at Oxford High School in Alabama, Mahaffey decided to sign with Western Kentucky, but after a year there, he decided to leave for a fresh start.

"I had offers from Jacksonville State, Chattanooga and Western Kentucky and I signed with Western Kentucky," Mahaffey told JCFootball.com recently. "I left this spring. It just wasn't the best fit for me, so I start to look around and East Central was a better fit for me coming in as a transfer.

"They are a up-and-rising program and they treat you like family."

With his outstanding size and quickness, Mahaffey can play almost anywhere along the defensive line, but he'll man the three-tech, defensive tackle spot once he enrolls there later this month.

"I can play all across the line, but I'm comfortable in the three-tech," Mahaffey noted. "My technique and get off are great and I give great effort and good explosive to be my size."

Even with his nice repertoire of talent and technique, Mahaffey knows he's still got some things to work on.

"I jjust need to get stronger and faster. Those are the big things," Mahaffey said. "I also just need to keep staying consistent in my workouts and getting better."

So far, recruiting has been pretty quite aside from one of his former suitors, but that is probably because no one knows where he will wind up and play this fall.

"Jacksonville State is the one school that I've talked to, but I'm just now getting settled in so hopefully that will change," Mahaffey added.

Mahaffey will be a redshirt freshman this fall and he's still figuring out whether he will be available in December or whether he will need to wait until the spring of 2016.

Wherever he winds up, Mahaffey will have three years to play three following the 2015 football season.

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