GCCC star LB, K-State commit Derricott arrested

1/29/2014

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

Former Garden City Community College football player D'Vonta Derricott was arrested on Jan. 21 on allegations of interfering with a law enforcement officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana — all misdemeanors.

Garden City police arrested Derricott, a Kansas State verbal commit, at 8:05 p.m. Jan. 21 in the 2800 block of Fleming Street. An anonymous citizen had called in a tip of possible marijuana use in that neighborhood.

Derricott was released Jan. 22 on $1,390 bond.

"I don't know how they got me with possession because I didn't have anything on me," Derricott said Tuesday. "I don't even smoke."

Troy Davis, Senior Master Patrol Officer for the Garden City Police Department said Tuesday that "They (the arresting police officers) obviously had enough probable cause to arrest him then and there."

Derricott didn't see it the same way.

"The police just wanted to arrest somebody," Derricott said.

In response, Davis said, "If he (Derricott) has concerns or complaints about how the officers acted, he can always call about that. And that would be looked into.

"We strongly encourage anyone who has a concern about how they were treated during an arrest or an incident to call."

Kansas State officials said they could not comment on the arrest because of NCAA bylaws restricting universities from addressing recruitable players such as Derricott, who has not signed a letter of intent.

National Signing day is Feb. 5.

Derricott tweeted on Friday that he will be signing the letter of intent to Kansas State on signing day.

In a telephone interview on Monday, GCCC sports information director Dan Delgado, speaking on behalf of the college, said, "At this point, we're going to let the legal process take its course on this because we have not gathered all the facts, yet, from D'Vonta."

Derricott was a first-team All-KJCCC selection for the 2013 season, racking up 67 tackles, 26 for a loss, three interceptions and a sack. He is listed as a four-star linebacker by Rivals.com as one of the top junior college linebackers in the country.

The first court appearance for Derricott is scheduled for March 12.

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