A guy has a very nice football career at the University of Iowa. He raises his family in Iowa City. He has a son who is a big-time football prospect.
That kid will automatically be a Hawkeye, too, right?
Maybe. Probably. But not automatically.
A.J. Derby is a junior at Iowa City High. He is a 6-foot-5, 220-pounder. He finished last season with 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns passing, 1,065 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing.
Have fun dealing with him in the fall of 2009, Mississippi Valley Conference defenses.
John Derby played linebacker for Iowa a generation ago for Hayden Fry. He was a good one. His son has received scholarship offers from Iowa, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Illinois, Nebraska, Stanford, Florida State, Kansas and Alabama.
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Nothing in the article leads one to think he’ll flee Iowa for other pastures. But nothing in it leads one to believe he will choose the Hawkeyes solely because they’re the Hawkeyes, either.
Then again …
“(His father) told me to take my official visits,” A.J. said. “He said that I’ll get that gut feeling and that I’ll just know. He says that it really shouldn’t be too hard a decision.”
Because of population and geography, Iowa doesn’t have too many recruiting advantages. But the in-state talent was pretty good in 2009 with Keenan Davis of Cedar Rapids, Brandon Wegher of Sioux City and Jordan Cotton of Mount Pleasant leading the way.
It may not be a one-year wonder.
Besides Derby, there’s a running back in Cedar Rapids named Andre Dawson who is a big-time talent. Dawson has offers from Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Kansas.
He, too, is going to keep his eyes and ears open entering his senior year.
“I plan to take my time (in the recruiting process).” Dawson told HawkeyeNation.com last month. “I am just going to keep my options open. I am not ready to settle down with anything quite yet.”
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But … “I have always been a Hawkeye fan. Being that close to home would be great. My friends and family would have the chance to see me play. That is a big plus.”