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Player: A.J. Derby

Hometown: Iowa City, IA

Position: ATH

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 218 lbs.

40 time: 4.88

Visit Date: Junior Day

Scholarships: Alabama, Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Stanford, USF, Wisconsin

Favorites: Iowa

 

COMMITTED TO IOWA

 

Rivals: :star:star:star:star

Scout: :star:star:star

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Family ties to Iowa...brother a tight end there now and dad played there under Hayden Fry.

Yep

Iowa City's (Iowa) A.J. Derby recently received an oral offer from Nebraska and has offers from Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Illinois and Stanford. But the clear leader is Iowa. Derby's father, John Derby, was a captain for the Hawkeyes in 1991 and his brother, Zach Derby, is a freshman tight end for Iowa. Derby will make his decision by the end of the summer.

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I've read that the chances of us getting Derby from Iowa would be the equivalent of Iowa taking a Steinkuhler from NU.........

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Not so fast my friends the C-Bear has him on her speed dial and they occasionally text. There is nothing like male hormones to help a young man make up his mind.

T_O_B

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I've read that the chances of us getting Derby from Iowa would be the equivalent of Iowa taking a Steinkuhler from NU.........

 

 

I think Iowa has the best chance but I don't think it's automatic.

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If it was automatic, I think he'd have already committed:

Versatile Derby sorting through offers

 

Quarterback A.J. Derby (Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa City) is an outstanding athlete and one of the top quarterback prospects in the Midwest. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Derby is a key member of the Iowa City football, baseball and basketball teams.

 

"He's a very versatile athlete," Iowa City coach Dan Sabers said. "He has great savvy. He'll do anything you ask him to do."

 

On the gridiron Derby started at both wide receiver and free safety during his sophomore season. He moved to quarterback his junior season, but also played some wide receiver, free safety, returned punts and kickoffs and did his team's punting.

 

Derby, who threw for 1,200 yards and rushed for 1,100, has scholarship offers from Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Alabama, Stanford, Cincinnati, Kansas, Florida State and Nebraska.

 

"All of them offered me as a quarterback," Derby said. "I'm not close to deciding. I plan to wait and take official visits."

 

Derby has been to junior days at Iowa and Nebraska. He plans to go to some spring practices and games, but doesn't have anything definite set at this point.

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I've read that the chances of us getting Derby from Iowa would be the equivalent of Iowa taking a Steinkuhler from NU.........

OTOH they got a guy who has done amazing things at Iowa. Took a two-time Big Ten champ and turned them into a team that has lost to Iowa State 3-4 times this decade now?!?! (I guess that 17-5 victory last year was was sweet revenge.) Turned a hard working team into a team full of criminals. Lost to Western Michigan? Yeah, I think that guy can just manage to drive away a few legacies.

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From Husker Journal:

 

MARCH 13, 2009. PREP STAR

A J DERBY, QB, 6-5, 220, 4.6, IOWA CITY, IOWA

 

A J has offers from Nebraska, Iowa, Alabama, Stanford, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Florida State and Illinois

 

Nebraska Junior Day’s

 

“I liked Nebraska’s junior days a lot,” Derby said. “The coaches are real personal. I got to meet all the coaches. I met Coach Osborne that was real cool. I got a private tour because I was an hour late, a private tour of everything. Their (Nebraska) facilities are top notch. They put a lot of time and money into them.”

 

“I went to the Texas and Nebraska basketball game. I met with the quarterback coach (Watson) at the game and got to talk with him.” Derby said while at Husker junior day’s

 

Spring Game

 

“Right now Nebraska wants me to go to their spring game because they (Nebraska) say it will be sold out, which you wouldn’t think a spring game would be sold out. I would like to see some game on my official but I’m not too sure. I will take visits during and after the season.” Derby said

 

Iowa and Nebraska Similar

 

“It (Iowa) was like Nebraska their coaching staff is real personal. They make it like family. Coach Doyle is one of the best strength coaches, all their coaches are great guys.” Derby said

 

Derby is no stranger to Iowa Hawkeye games.

 

“Game day at Iowa is fun a great atmosphere. Tailgating is a big thing at Iowa City.” Derby said, “I like Iowa’s facilities. About five years so they built a new press box. They keep up grading them (facilities) about every five years.”

 

Last summer Derby went to one day quarterback camps at Florida and Oklahoma and worked with their QB coaches.

 

“I worked out with Coach Heupel (Oklahoma). I didn’t see a game and all at OU but I saw where it would be a great game day atmosphere.” Derby said

 

Travel to Florida Last Year.

 

“I liked it at Florida.” Derby said, “I actually went to the Miami and Florida game. Game day was a great atmosphere, very loud. It was kind of hot but it was sweet.”

 

Las Vegas

 

“I haven’t figured out my summer schedule yet, but actually this weekend before spring break I’m going out to Las Vegas for the Steve Clarkson camp. He worked with Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Leinart. I’m all excited about it. I heard he teaches the best technique which should help me improve my game.” Derby said

 

Busy Mail Man

 

“I get a lot of mail,” Derby said, “I opened most of my mail. I’ve been sick for two days so I’m behind. I’ll go to spring break so I’ll be more behind.”

 

Derby said he has no Leader. He will select school how he feels, place where he can be with other people and start a life there. Distance is not a factor.

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per Scout: "We don't have spring football up here because they want us to focus on playing multiple sports I think," A.J. Derby said. "Right now I am in summer baseball but the coach is real good about letting kids that play football take trips over the summer for camps and stuff like that.

 

I stay in touch with Coach McCarney and Coach Meyer one to two times a week with each of them. Florida is coming to see me a week from this Friday. They are real interested in me and want me to come down to see what the school has to offer and check out the football program even more. I am not sure the exact date but it looks like I will be there in June."

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I agree with you. I have never seen him play but if everything ive heard is somewhat accurate I think he would be exactly what this offense needs in a qb. Not to mention that it could start somewhat of a pipeline back to Missouri again. I would rather have Derby as a LB.

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Trust me guys, we don't want anyone other than Tyler Gabbert in this class.

Why do you say that? Have you seen Gabbert play in person, and think he is the best QB in the country or something?

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Trust me guys, we don't want anyone other than Tyler Gabbert in this class.

Why do you say that? Have you seen Gabbert play in person, and think he is the best QB in the country or something?

Do you think that he is better than Zach Lee or any other QB we are going after

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Quarterback A.J. Derby (Iowa City, Iowa), who has 15 scholarship offers, said he hasn't narrowed his list down at this point. Although, he has decided on at least two official visits.

 

"For sure I'll take one to Iowa and one to Florida," Derby said. "Depending on what Oklahoma does, I might take one there too."

 

Derby worked out at the Sooners' camp earlier this summer. He doesn't have a scholarship offer from Oklahoma, but said he was told he could be in line to receive one.

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Quarterback A.J. Derby (Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa City) is one of the top quarterback prospects in the Midwest and the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder threw for 1,200 yards and rushed for 1,100 during his junior season.

 

Derby has 15 scholarship offers including Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, Alabama, Stanford, Cincinnati, Kansas, Florida State and Nebraska.

 

"I haven't really narrowed it down yet," Derby said. "I haven't been concentrating on recruiting; I've been concentrating on the football season."

 

However, Derby has decided on three official visits.

 

"I plan to get official visits scheduled pretty soon," Derby said. "I think three for sure will be Iowa, Oklahoma and Florida. I'll probably take all five visits."

 

The Sooners have not offered Derby a scholarship, but that could change.

 

"I went to their (football) camp," Derby said. "I did pretty well, but they want to see how their young quarterbacks do and decide if they need to take a junior college quarterback. They told me they will stay in touch. They want me to make an official visit."

 

Derby plans to take several of his official visits during the football season and one or two after it is over.

 

"After I finish my visits I'll sit down and decide on a college," Derby said. "I'll probably go to all the Iowa home games, and then take official visits on some other weekends."

 

Derby is also considering graduating early.

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Rivals: "A.J. Derby and his Iowa City High Little Hawks left little doubt as to who the #1 team in the state of Iowa is on Friday night, pounding #3 ranked Cedar Rapids Washington, 65-21. The senior signal caller and four star prospect according to Rivals.com, accounted for 320 yards of offense, including three touchdown passes in the victory."

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I thought he would commit a lot sooner then this. I know he has ties to Iowa but if they begin to fade I wonder if will decommit for a school like Florida or something.

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I think beating Penn State showed they can play...I like the way their defense is playing.

 

They could use a guy like A.J. on the offensive side. Good pickup for them.

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