DD picks TT

Up and coming linebacker gives Red Raiders a verbal committment

Derek David (6) is ranked as the second-best player in the state of Texas for the Class of 2012 by recruiting experts Rivals.com. Reporter/Ken Esten Cooke Derek David (6) is ranked as the second-best player in the state of Texas for the Class of 2012 by recruiting experts Rivals.com. Reporter/Ken Esten Cooke Maybe they should start calling it Rockdale on the Plains.

For the second time within a week, a Rockdale football player has chosen to play football at Texas Tech.

Following LeRaven Clark’s lead of verbally committing a week ago, Derek David has decided to fol- low his teammate to Lubbock.

Of course, David will make the trip a year later, he is only a junior.

David had accompanied Clark on a trip to Lubbock two weekends ago when he committed.

David’s signing day is the first Tuesday of February 2012.

The Rockdale linebacker joins a program that is in a state of upheaval after eccentric but successful coach/pirate Mike Leach was fired and replaced by veteran Tommy Tuberville, who had been out of coaching after being fired by Auburn.

David David Despite the turmoil, the Red Raiders finished 9-3 and won the Alamo Bowl over Michigan St. They were third in the south division of the Big 12 at 5-3.

There has been some speculation that David’s older brother Logan—who signed with Blinn this past year—will also attend Texas Tech when he is eligible to do so.

When the nation’s top recruiting website slipped the sophomore linebacker into the No. 2 spot on the Texas list behind Austin High receiver Cayleb Jones, David became a marked man—in a good way.

When the listing came out in April, Texas A&M Coach Mike Sherman was the first to extend an invitation.

“Coach Sherman told me he’s the best high school defensive player he’s seen since he’s been back in college,” said Rockdale Athletic Director Jeff Miller. “We’re biased for our kids, but sometimes you take for granted how good they are.

Derek David led Rockdale in tackles last season with 94 stops. Reporter/Ken Esten Cooke Derek David led Rockdale in tackles last season with 94 stops. Reporter/Ken Esten Cooke “Being on that list made them watch his tape. Right then he was discovered. Derek was known, but not to the level he is now.”

Even University of Texas defensive coordinator/head coach in waiting Will Muschamp wanted to know about “this linebacker” Miller has.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound David led the Tigers with 93 tackles last season, edging out older brother Logan by one.

It was hard to miss his aggressive style of play and he was named the District 24-3A newcomer of the year.

“He surprised me,” said Miller. “He didn’t make those sophomore mistakes that you expect. He decided he was going to go out there and become a good linebacker rather than just rely on his natural ability.”

David’s emergence gives the Tigers three Division I caliber players on next season’s roster including junior running back Daniel Brooks.

David is the third Division I signee under Coach Jeff Miller’s tutelage, including Clark and Nic Hammett with Rice in 2009.

DEREK DAVID FILE


Class—Junior
Numbers—6-foot-3, 225 pounds.
40 time—4.5
Position—Linebacker.
Honors—Ranked No. 2 on Rivals.
com’s Class of 2012. District 24-
3A Newcomer of the Year;
Other schools offered—Texas,
Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Baylor and
New Mexico.

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