A Richmond, Virginia native, D’Vonta Derricott had quite the college journey. After starting out in JUCO at Garden City Community College, Derricott was a prized JUCO recruit. Heavily recruited by a handful of prestigious schools, which included offers from: Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Iowa, Miami (FL), Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among many others, Derricott committed to Kansas State and was headed to Manhattan to play some Big 12 football.
After sitting the season out as a redshirt, Derricott decided it was best for him to transfer. In an attempt to stay move closer to him, Derricott landed at Eastern Kentucky. He stood out at middle linebacker in a defense which also featured future 2nd round pick Noah Spence.
Following his lone season with the Colonels, Derricott was again on the move – this time to Arkansas Tech where he would finish out his college career. In 9 games, Derricott proved his range in the middle of the field as he compiled 98 tackles with 6 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 4 pass breakups, an interception and a forced fumble.
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In offseason workouts which included his Pro Day and Regional Combine, at 225 pounds, Derricott ran in the 4.6s, but has been clocked as high as 4.5 in individual workouts. He also pumped out 17 reps on the bench press – although he typically can reach into the 20s. Derricott has been flying under the radar throughout the draft process, but he will prove to be worth it for whatever team takes the chance on him – as Kansas City Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill would attest to.
Q: You were a prized JUCO recruit and received offers from numerous, prestigious schools. What ultimately led you to commit to Kansas State?
A: Kansas state was recruiting me harder than any other schools. They had a great recruiting class coming in. I felt like I could come in and play and really help the team.
Q: After a redshirt season, you decided to transfer to Eastern Kentucky. What were the major deciding factors in making that decision?
A: Getting closer to my family was the key. EKU was a great fit under Coach Hood. He was another reason why I wanted to go there.
Q: You would then go on to finish your college career at Arkansas Tech. Would you consider your experience at multiple schools to be a positive? If so, what did you gain most from all of it?
A: I looked at it in a positive way because I have two degrees and learned a lot about doing things the right way. Me transferring from EKU was the best thing I ever did in my life. It made me focus on one year and I know I had to show these NFL scouts that I can play in the NFL.
Q: What was it like seeing former teammate Noah Spence be drafted in the 2nd Round of last year’s draft? Is it something you expected from the start after first playing with him?
A: It was excellent because he’s like a big brother to me. He deserves to be in the NFL. We are both ball hawks and love the game of football.
Q: What would you consider to be the biggest strength of your game?
A: My size and how fast I move. I’m strong and have speed as a defensive of back. I get off blocks well. I react to plays very fast and make plays.
Q: What is something you feel you need to work on as you transition to the next level?
A: I need to work on staying low.
Q: Who was the toughest player you ever played against?
A: Tyreek Hill
Q: What was the highlight of your college career?
A: 18 tackles in one game with 2 pass break ups. I won the national player of the week.
Q: Is there an NFL player you model your game after?
A: Ryan Shazier. Ryan has great speed like myself and can run sideline to sideline.
Q: If you had the chance to sell yourself to an NFL General Manager, what would you say about yourself?
A: I’m a great leader and I feel like I can make the guys around me better. I’m a hard worker. Football is my everything.
Q: When you’re not focused on football, what do you enjoy doing in your off time?
A: I enjoy helping the community out or helping kids out.
Q: What type of music are you listening to before a game to pump you up?
A: I read the Bible.