Kansas State just lost Arthur Brown to graduation last May, and now the Wildcats might have found a player to take his spot next year.
The Wildcats received a verbal commitment from Garden City Community College linebacker Dvonta Derricott late Wednesday night.
At 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, Derricott is one of the most heavily recruited junior college linebackers in the country. Derricott, who runs a 4.45 40-yard dash, had 26 offers from schools that include TCU, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Baylor and Oregon State.
The Broncbusters staff of former Wildcats — three in all — might start to pay off for K-State, former quarterback Matt Miller is GCCC’s head coach and Jeff Kelly and Joe Gordon share defensive coordinator duties.
Derricott told Rivals.com that Gordon visited with him about his recruiting options.
“I sat down with Coach Gordon and we talked about everything,” Derricott said. “We discussed my recruitment and obviously Kansas State. He told me about coach Bill Snyder since he played for him and told me he believed in him.
“It was a long conversation, but I believed in Coach Snyder too and the winning program there.”
Derricott turned to his mother before making a final decision, though, and despite her wanting him to move closer to his native Richmond, Va., she was happy with his decision to make a commitment to the Wildcats.
Derricott will be taking his official visit with K-State on Sept. 14, and he said he is settled with his choice to become a Wildcat.
The linebacker said he chose the Wildcats over his finalists West Virginia and Wisconsin because of the veteran football minds in the program — notably coaches Charlie Dickey and Mike Cox.
Cox, who coaches linebackers, told Derricott he has the potential to play like one of K-State’s most recent NFL draftees.
“Coach Cox just got done coaching Arthur Brown and he says he feels I can be like him,” he said. “He knows I can make it to the NFL and he’s been a coach in the league.”
Derricott told Rivals that his biggest need for improvement is in the classroom. He said the GCCC coaching staff has helped him focus on academics. It’s a priority now.
“I had a bad first semester,” he said. “I was lackadaisical and Coach Miller really got on my (rear). But now, I know I’m going to pass the classes left on my schedule.
“We had a player show up to practice and Coach Miller sent him back in to the library because he wasn’t done with assignments from a class. He told him he wasn’t practicing until it was done. You have to have your school work together.”