August 24, 2010

Vick tries to pare down schools and sports

A college decision may come soon for Lincoln (Neb.) athlete Derrius Vick, but it probably won't be his college destination, rather his choice of which sports to play in college.

Vick is a duel threat quarterback on the gridiron as well as a 6-foot-2, 180-pound point guard on the hard court. He holds a football scholarship offer from Ohio, while Colorado State, South Dakota State, North Dakota State and UC-Santa Barbara have offered him as a basketball player.

"I am leaning towards basketball," Vick said. "I still have to take my Ohio visit before I can stay which sport I want to play for sure.

The Southeast High standout said he has high respect for Ohio coach Frank Solich and likes the fact many old Nebraska Cornhuskers are on the team. Vick grew up a Husker fan after his father, Derrick Vick, played basketball for the Big Red.

"Mainly the only team I am really considering for football is Ohio," Vick said. "Any other schools that call me for football, I am just blowing it off. Just because Frank Solich is a Hall of Fame coach and a coach you would want to play for."

Vick battled a foot injury a year ago on the gridiron, but still holds a 4.6 time in the 40-yard dash and a 31-inch vertical leap. He said he will likely see a lot more time running and passing out of the shotgun this fall.

"We will be very good," Vick said about Southeast High. "We have our first game Thursday. Ratings just came out and we are number four in the state so we should be there at the end of the season."

This summer Vick's focus was on basketball playing AAU tournaments with the Nebraska Bison. He said the Bison went 5-1 in a tournament in Las Vegas, made the Elite Eight in a tourney in Los Angeles and 3-1 in Chicago and Indiana. While Nebraska isn't known as a hotbed of high school basketball talent, Vick said, "it just goes to show no matter where you are from, if you can play, you can play."

The performance on the summer circuit has led to more conversations from coaches both over the phone and via mail. He said he is going to take visits to Creighton and Northern Iowa, as well as Santa Barbara.

"Creighton I like and they have a good coach now in Greg McDermott," Vick said. "He is one of the well-known coaches in the nation and they play in a good conference. They have a good schedule and they are just always good. UNI I like just because of what they did last year. They beat Kansas and they are nationally known too. They are on TV a lot. UC-Santa Barbara isn't the biggest school but they make the tournament almost every year and I have a good relationship with their coaches."

Vick said his correspondence with the Colorado State coaching staff has fizzled in recent months.

"I still have them on my list but I don't know," he said. "I haven't talked to them in a while, so I think that is kind of out."

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