Vickers Is Showing Patience In The Process

2017 Bakersfield ATH Derrick Vickers (6-0, 195) has two offers and more schools could be getting into the mix very soon...

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"Right now, my two offers are from Utah State and Colorado State," Vickers told JCFootball.com. "I have been talking a lot with Ball StatePurdueMiddle Tennessee StateTexas A&MMississippi StateBuffalo and Boise State

"I'm visiting Colorado State on January 13th and I'm working on setting up a visit with Middle Tennessee, but right now, that one is still in the works for being set up."

As a sophomore this past season, Vickers did it all for the Gades, leading the team in rushing (125 carries, 784 yards, 13 touchdowns) and receiving (70 receptions, 894 yards, seven touchdowns) and kick returns (25 returns, 28.5 yards per return, two touchdowns).

"I played a lot of tailback, but I also moved out and played wide receiver a lot too," Vickers said. "Up until I got to college here, I was always a running back, so when my coaches approached me about carrying the rock some, I was like 'sure, let's do it' and it all just sorta fell in place for me.

"My coaches wanted to get the ball into my hands a lot, so that's why they moved me around a lot.

"I'll do whatever I need to do to help my team so if that means I am a ballcarrier, then I will do that, but if I need go out and run routes or cover kicks or punts or play defense, I'm willing to do anything I can to help my team win."

As a prep, Vickers enjoyed a stellar career at nearby Bakersfield (Ca.) High School, but since he was unable to get qualified, he decided to take the JUCO route.

"I was looking at signing with either Ventura or Mt. San Antonio, but my uncle is a coach over here at Bakersfield and when it came down to it, the program was really good about getting guys moved on to four-year schools and it was close to home, so it would save money," Vickers recalled.

Vickers played in 2014 and then sat out the 2015 with a broken wrist, so once he finishes up his two-year degree in May he will have two years to play two starting in the fall.

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