One of Kansas State’s top football recruits, D’Vonta Derricott, was arrested in Garden City on allegations of drug possession, among other misdemeanors, less than two weeks before National Signing Day.
The Garden City Community College linebacker is one of just two four-star commitments for the Wildcats in the 2014 class.
On Jan. 21, Garden City police responded to an anonymous citizen tip that let them to an address where they found Derricott. He was arrested for interfering with a law enforcement officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
He was released the next day on a $1,390 bond, according to the Garden City Telegram.
While K-State cannot comment on the issue until at least signing day, Derricott told the Garden City newspaper that the allegations against him are false.
“I don’t know how they got me with possession because I didn’t have anything on me,” Derricott said Tuesday. “I don’t even smoke. The police just wanted to arrest somebody.”
In response to Derricott’s comments, the Garden City Police Department had its own statement to the Telegram.
“They (the arresting police officers) obviously had enough probable cause to arrest him then and there,” said Troy Davis, Senior Master Patrol Officer for GCPD. “If he has concerns or complaints about how the officers acted, he can always call about that. And that would be looked into.”
The first court date for Derricott is scheduled for March 12.
Derricott — the 24th-ranked junior college player in the 2014 class by Rivals.com — is expected to sign with K-State on Feb. 5. He’s the No. 2 junior college linebacker in the country.
The linebacker was a first-team selection for the All-KJCCC this season, finishing with 67 tackles — 26 for loss — with three interceptions and a sack.