Derek joined Gator Collective to create connections and more opportunities for life after football.
He is pursuing Educational sciences. Derek enjoys fishing, working out, cooking, and traveling. An inspirational quote Derek lives by is , “Other peoples opinions have no affect on your own actions!”
Out of HS Derek was an All-American as well as the Gatorade Player of the Year in Florida. An elite level player, he was equally known for his leadership on and off the field. That leadership helped propel St Thomas Aquinas to the state championship in 7A his senior year. While to date his career high is 4 tackles at Florida, most clearly see his time is coming very soon. While playing in all 12 games his sophomore year, his play continually improved. Also, can’t forget to mention that all Gators should check out Mamma Wingos Sugar Shack for all your baked good needs.