Brimming with potential at 6-foot-2, 175-pounds, 2015 Tampa Plant cornerback, Derrick Baity, has prime-time size for a young cornerback. Having highly regarded teammate and 2014 South Florida commit Mazzi Wilkins blanketing the opposite side of the field, Baity was confident he would get his share of opportunities to shine for the Panthers this fall.
So far, a broken rib has sidelined the young defensive back for the initial part of the season.
"I've been doing well with the time I've got in in," Baity said. "I'm dealing with an injury; I've had a broken rib. I've played against Robinson and that's it. I had three tackles, an interception and some gang tackles."
So far, Baity has earned interest from Louisville, Pittsburgh, Illinois, Akron and several more institutions.
Aside from the bulk of interest, Baity received his first offer this past summer from the nearby, South Florida Bulls.
"When my coach told me at the USF Sling & Shoot 7-on-7, it was a big deal," Baity said. "I came in under Mazzi and he received his first offer from USF also. He got it around the same time and Mazzi and I did a lot of work over the summer. It was a big deal for me."
Snagging his first offer of many to come from the local school in Tampa Bay, the Bulls will always be in the back of Baity's mind.
"Yeah, they're (USF) one of my favorite schools," Baity said. "They're close to home and I'm very home orientated. I always love to be around my family."
It's very early in the process, but coach Ron Cooper (defensive backs) and coach Willie Taggart have impressed the lengthy Plant product.
"Every time I head out to USF, it's nothing but love," Baity said. "Coach Taggart, he wants to put Tampa back on the map and he's a really cool coach. Coach Cooper is the opposite of Coach Taggart and he likes to have fun with the kids. Coach Taggart likes to have fun, but he's more laid back."
Even though Baity is home orientated, the defensive back isn't assured he'll end up staying in the Sunshine State.
"I'm not sure if I will," Baity said. "Arkansas and Illinois have been coming through a lot with love. I don't really have any leaders, I'm open."
Baity currently doesn't have a timetable for his decision.
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