Finding a stone cold shutdown corner is a quest that every college coach sets out to accomplish each recruiting season. Perhaps the best defensive back in the Magnolia State is Batesville (Miss.) South Panola star Derek Pegues.
“Ole Miss was the first school to offer me, they offered me back during the season,” Pegues said.
“Now Mississippi State has offered and that is really cool that both of the big schools in Mississippi have offered. I’m also getting a lot of stuff from Auburn, Notre Dame, Michigan, Florida, Tennessee and LSU.”
The 5-foot-10, 183-pound Pegues runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, has an impressive 305-pound bench-press and a 315-pound squat.
“My top schools right now are Tennessee, LSU, Florida, Auburn, Mississippi State and Ole Miss,” he said. “I think that I probably like Tennessee the best right now because I have always wanted to play for them. “
While he is projected to play cornerback on the next level, he plays several positions on the high school level.
At quarterback, Pegues completed 42 passes in 76 attempts for 1,012 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. In addition he also rushed for 1,460 yards on 138 carries and 28 touchdowns. He also caught one pass for a five yard score.
At cornerback, he posted 45 tackles, two fumble recoveries, one caused fumble, five interceptions, and 15 pass breakups on the season. Also a threat as a return man, he has recorded more than 1,000 return yards on the season, 672 via punt return and 412 returning kickoffs.
“I want to go to a big school, with a big campus,” he said. “That is just something that I have always wanted to do. One-on-one assistance with the teachers is another important thing to me because I work better like that.”
Pegues’ best quality could be that he is already qualified with a 2.8 GPA and an 18 ACT score.