It took 10 days, but D’Vonta Derricott finally joined Kansas State’s fall camp on Tuesday.
Derricott was the last of K-State’s four junior college recruits who were expected to arrive late, as offensive lineman A.J. Allen, linebacker Isaiah Riddle and defensive tackle Terrell Clinkscales all came to Manhattan after the start of camp.
Derricott tweeted early Tuesday morning that he would be arriving on campus before the end of the day.
“I can’t wait to put that 3 on. Let’s go,” he wrote.
Derricott played two seasons at Garden City Community College, where he was previously in limbo and tweeted he needed to pay the school $1,700 before he could leave for K-State.
He ranked third nationally by ESPN among JUCO outside linebackers, totalling 67 tackles — nine for loss — one sack and three interceptions. He was first team All-Jayhawk Conference in 2013.
He played under former K-State players Matt Miller (head coach) and Jeff Kelly (linebackers), while at Garden City.
All four players were coming into positions where they’d have a chance to compete for a starting job from Day 1.
Allen comes in as the 13th-best JUCO offensive tackle, with the Wildcats looking to replace starters at both left and right tackle.
While Travis Britz is set to return to one of two defensive tackle spots, Clinkscales will compete with a number of guys who saw time at the interior position a year ago. Clinkscales was ranked No. 4 among JUCO defensive tackles by ESPN.
Riddle and Derricott are expected to compete for the linebacker spot vacated by Tre Walker.