There is speculation beginning that Iowa City High recruit A.J. Derby is moving from QB to LB for fall camp. Derby, the son of former Iowa LB John Derby, is a true freshman, who enrolled in January and participated in spring drills at Iowa.
A twitter message from HawkeyeInsider mentioned it this afternoon. Since it is coach Kirk Ferentz's birthday on August 1St, maybe A.J. Derby was offering his head coach a nice birthday present ...
"Sounds like A.J. Derby has moved to LB after a spring at QB. I think A.J.
could grow into a Kampman-Roth DE. Hearing it was A.J.'s decision as he
will get in the field sooner." ~ Rob Howe of HawkeyeInsider.
A.J. Derby's father was a very good LB recruit back during J. Hayden Fry in the mid-1980s. However, he was not as highly acclaimed as Houston native Melvin Foster, another LB in his father's class. Foster redshirted at Iowa his first season, but John Derby made an impact as a true freshman.
Will it be father like son at the University of Iowa at linebacker for the Derby's?
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