Player Profile: Laney DB Virdell Larkins

Every year, outstanding prospects leave a D-1 program hoping to ply their wares at JC program for a year and then move on to another four-year school. That's exactly what Laney DB Virdell Larkins (5-10, 190) did last year and he's hoping to finish up this summer and possibly be playing this fall.

"Cal was just a bad situation for me," Larkins said about his first year in the California defensive system. "I just didn't fit in there very well so I headed here to Laney and I'm happy I did...let's just leave it at that."

There's no denying he's a playmaker in the secondary. Larkins posted 78 tackles, seven sacks and six passes broken up from his strong safety spot.

He graduated from Oakland Tech in California and signed with fellow teammate Marshawn Lynch with the Golden Bears. He redshirted his first year and then decided to move on to Laney.

"I met with the coaches here and they were really close to home," Larkins said. "I just felt it was the right move for me.

"I played corner in high school and at Cal, but they moved me to strong safety, but I think I'm probably a better fit at corner at another school."

Larkin boasts a 4.5 forty-time as well as a 35-inch vertical.

"I'm really hoping that I can finish my two-year this summer in July or August," Larkins said. "If I can do that, then I might have a chance to sign with someone late and play this fall."

According to Larkins, he would have three years to play three if he finishes up this summer, but if he can't he'll have two to play two and he'll be done in December.

"I really want to get out as fast as I can," Larkins said. "I know I can play D-1, I just need to show it."

Several schools have made inquiries into Larkins' availability and one has even stepped forward with an offer.

"Toledo offered me as a transfer this fall," Larkins said. "If I can finish up, they said they want me this fall.

"Auburn just started sending me some letters recently and they seem to be pretty interested. That's a school I'd like to heat up things with because the SEC is about as good as it gets. I'm hoping to get with them soon on some film and then talk to some of the coaches."

UCLA, Kansas State and Washington State are three other schools who have made preliminary contact with Larkins as well.

"None of those schools know that I may finish up this summer," Larkins said. "If they did, maybe they will become more interested, so hopefully I can get that out them."

We'll follow up with Larkins over the next several months to see if he reaches his goal. However, if he doesn't things should heat up for him in the fall recruiting period.

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