EL DORADO, Kan. – There isn't a shortage of talent on the Butler County (Kan.) Community College program and it's amazing to see that guys that weren't highly regarded out of high school suddenly become players sorting through numerous offers.
Toddrick Verdell was one of those guys.
For one reason or another, the 6-foot-3, 212-pound safety ended up heading to Butler County out of Hartwell, Ga. Now that he's landed and taken the time to develop, he's turned himself into one of the nation's top junior college recruits.
"It's been hard work," Verdell, ranked as the No. 24 player in the nation by Rivals.com, said. "But it's been worth it."
Verdell has been a key player for the Grizzlies and now he's helped his team win a conference championship and advance to the conference playoffs as the No. 1 seed. Heading into the final game of the season – Saturday's 65-28 blowout victory over rival Coffeyville – Verdell was second on the team with 44 tackles, three interceptions, three tackles for a loss and two fumble recoveries.
"He's a ball hawk that's always doing something to make a big play," Butler County coach Troy Morrell said. "He's one of the best we've had at the safety spot."
Verdell said he's just now starting to get some serious recruiting attention. Florida State and Kentucky have been in weekly contact with him. He said the Noles and Wildcats have told him that an offer is on the table, should he decide to take it.
"I'm going to take some visits," Verdell said. "I'd like to go check out FSU and Kentucky, but other than that I'm pretty open."