December 11, 2008
Derby headed to U.S. Army Combine
Last month, A.J. Derby made the early list of Rivals.com's Top 250 prospects in 2010. Next month, the Iowa City High quarterback will get the opportunity to measure himself against many of those top prospects at the U.S. Army National Combine, which is an underclassman event held in San Antonio on January 2nd, one day before the U.S. Army All American game.
"It was a real honor to get invited to the combine and I am looking forward to going down there, competing, and hopefully getting my name out there," Derby said.
AJ plans to head to San Antonio with his mother, while his father, former Hawkeye John Derby, will fly in from Tampa after watching their oldest son, Zach, suit up for the Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl before joining up with the rest of the family the following day.
Derby played quarterback full-time for the Little Hawks this past season for the first time on the varsity level and led his team to an undefeated regular season before being defeated in the state playoffs. The 6-foot-4 and 215 pound signal caller was a classic dual threat player under center, rushing for 1,063 yards and 13 touchdowns and passing for 1,197 yards and 11 touchdowns.
"I think most people did expect us to do as well as we did, but we worked hard in the offseason and came out strong and we were undefeated until the playoff loss," he said.
Derby says that he improved throughout the season at quarterback thanks to the coaches at City High, particularly his quarterback coach, and he also spent quite a bit of time studying film each week.
He has now made the transition from the gridiron to the hardwood and the Little Hawks are off to a strong start as they try to defend their 4A state title.
"It is going good so far and we are 2-0 and I think we really play well together," Derby said.
While playing basketball, Derby is going to mix in his trip to San Antonio and also attending Iowa's junior day in the middle of next month and he says he may attend the junior day at LSU. That would add to the list of schools he visited this fall, which included Iowa, Illinois, and Florida for football games. Derby says that the mail continues to come in from many of the top programs from around the country and he still has offers from Iowa, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, and Stanford.
"I have been getting a lot of letters from school and more attention, but it is still early," Derby said.
While he has no timetable to make a decision, he plans to attend several camps this spring and summer and continue to work on his quarterback skills.
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