December 4, 2009

Derby ready for early arrival

The latest trend in college football, especially for quarterbacks, is to graduate early in your senior year of high school and head off to college and take part in spring football. A.J. Derby has been working towards having that option since his freshman year in high school and with his future college a few minutes from home; he is graduating early and will be part of the Iowa Football team starting in January.

"I have always thought about this," Derby said. "Since my freshman year I have taken extra classes so I could have this option. It all worked out for me and I had enough credits and I decided that this would be best for me."

Derby led Iowa City High to the state title just a few short weeks ago and now he will be joining his brother, Zach, on the Iowa Football team starting in late January.

"With my brother on the team, I already know a lot of the guys, so I will feel pretty comfortable. It will probably be a little nerve-racking, but I think it is going to be a lot of fun."

The 6-foot-4 and 218 pound signal caller knows that in order to continue to improve his quarterback skill set, the sooner he gets on campus and starts learning, the better he can become.

"I just thought that I wanted to get early and start learning the playbook and the coverage's. The next step for me was to get to college and I thought it would be the best thing for me," he said.

Derby won't be the only member of the Class of 2010 taking the early enrollment option. Louis Trinca-Pasat, a 6-foot-3 and 235 pound future defensive lineman is also slated to join the Iowa program in January.

Iowa has had two previous high school players enroll at semester. Last year tight end Anthony Schiavone from New London, CT enrolled early and left the program to be closer to home and in 2006, wide receiver James Cleveland also enrolled in what would have been the final semester of his senior year.

Before Derby makes his official arrival as a Hawkeye, he plans on playing in two all star games. Last week he was invited to play in the Hawaii/Polynesia vs. Mainland Bowl, which takes place in Hawaii and will be played on Saturday December 12th at Aloha Stadium. He is expected to make his official visit to Iowa on December 19th and 20th and then he is slated to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All American game in San Antonio on Saturday January 9th.

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