Every year talented players slip through the cracks and past the BCS programs but end up landing on their feet with quality FBS programs. Class of 2014 three-star linebacker D'Andre Ferby is hoping it's not too late for him to get his shot.
Ferby, who spent his entire high school career at running back, is being looked at by at least two SEC schools to potentially play defense.
"That was something that Mississippi State was really talking to me about during the summer," Ferby said. "But then recently Coach Gonzalez has been talking to me about playing some offense, too. But more than likely if I were to go there it would be for defense."
There have also been rumblings that Tennessee could come calling depending on how things shake out over the next month or so, but Ferby said even if they don't he's comfortable with the offers he has.
"I've been hearing that they're interested in me and I'm really optimistic," Ferby said. "However, I'm happy with the offers I have right now."
With time running out in the cycle Ferby said he's poised to make a decision sometime in January. In the meantime he has a clear favorite.
"If I had to choose right now it would probably be Western Kentucky," he said. "First off it's close to home and the coaching staff down there, Bobby Petrino is doing a great job. Antonio Andrews, their running back now, is among the tops in the nation. Coach Petrino has a reputation for getting backs in the league and that's attractive to me."
Regardless of where he's asked to play at the next level, Ferby said he's willing to do what it takes to get on the field and help his future team.
"Yeah, I'd be open to playing on either side of the ball," he said. "I feel like I could play defense. I would be willing to do that. I feel like I can make an impact on defense."