May 25, 2010

Elite 2012 linebacker is a must-have

It wasn't that long ago when Rockdale linebacker Derek David was living a pretty obscure life as a young sophomore linebacker at a small Central Texas town not known for producing big-time college football prospects.

Actually, it was like that about two months ago. Yet if few were aware of the 6-3, 225-pound linebacker in mid-March, that's certainly not the case in May as David has firmly been established as one of the top prospects in the entire 2012 class.

First, he debuted at No.2 in the debut of the Lone Star Recruiting Top 100 in late March and over the course of the last month or so, college after college has been by Rockdale to scout him in person.

Yes, things have changed a great deal.

"Things have changed a lot for me," David said. "There have been a lot of coaches that have come by this spring. It is overwhelming at times, a lot. I just try to forget about it. Well, not really forget about it, but I push it aside. That stuff will happen later."

The most pressing concern for David at the moment is recovering from off-season ankle-surgery, which has limited his work this off-season.

"The main thing is I don't want to do anything to rush it," David, who hopes to be cleared to run in July, said.

With David out of action for at least the rest of the month, he won't be able to participate in the upcoming summer camp circuit, but he plans on taking a number of unofficial visits across the nation before the start of the season.

"I can't work out, but I plan on visiting Texas (June 13th)," David said. "I also plan on visiting Texas A&M, Baylor and Texas Tech. I also want to visit New Mexico, Ohio State, Florida, LSU and Alabama.

With a who's who of big-time schools recruiting David, the beginning of September should be an interesting time.

:"All of them have told me that they are going to offer when they can," David said. "They've all said that as soon as September comes, they will all offer."

Although the Longhorns might not offer in September, there's little question that they've targeted David as a must-have for the 2012 class. In addition to the visit in June, David has already visited the 40 Acres on several occasions and he reports that Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp personally delivered a message to him this spring.

"I talked to coach Muschamp recently," David, who listed Texas and Alabama as co-favorites earlier this spring, said. "He came down to see me at the school this spring. He told me that he really wants me. That's exactly what he told me, that he will do whatever it takes to get me."

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