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October 2, 2009It was hardly a well-kept secret, but four-star quarterback A.J. Derby made it official today as he announced his verbal commitment to the Iowa Hawkeyes. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Derby told a crowd of family, friends, teammates, and media about his decision during a press conference in his hometown of Iowa City this afternoon.
"I want to announce that I will be playing for the Hawkeyes next year," said Derby.
Going to Iowa, of course, is fulfilling a family legacy for Derby. His father, John, was an All Big Ten linebacker for the Hawkeyes in the early 90's, and his older brother, Zach, is currently a redshirt freshman tight end on the team.
Along with Iowa, Derby also held scholarship offers from Florida, Alabama, Miami, Florida State, Michigan, LSU, Illinois, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Stanford, Kansas, Kansas State, Cincinnati, and South Florida, among others.
Rivals.com ranks the four-star prospect as the No. 1 player in the state of Iowa this year. Through five games this year, all wins for top ranked City High, Derby has completed 32 of 56 passes for 781 yards and 7 touchdowns with 2 interceptions. He also has 311 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns on the ground as well.
Stay tuned as HawkeyeReport.com will have much more on the way today from Derby's press conference, including video shortly.