Deryck Gildon can't wait to get back home.
That's not to say the sophomore linebacker from Fulton (Miss.) Itawamba hasn't benefitted -- and perhaps even enjoyed -- his time in junior college.
"It's actually a great experience," the 6-foot-3, 235-pound linebacker said. "Coming from a big city, it's humbled me a lot … It's allowed me to focus more on my school and football."
So much so that Gildon has improved his academics and will re-enroll at Texas Christian in January.
"I'm really excited," he said. "I'm glad to get back there and work out with the guys."
Gildon signed with TCU out of Arlington (Texas) Martin. He was forced to leave last year due to academic concerns.
"I think it's a great program, especially it being close to home," Gildon said, referring to TCU. "It's going to be really exciting to get back."
When asked of the hard-nosed style TCU is known for, Gildon said, "I think I definetely fit that style … They like being the underdog and having challenges. They have a target on their back. They like having that target.
Gildon never wavered on his intent to return to TCU even as the school switched conferences twice.
"That was interesting," he said.
Gildon said he's glad TCU ended up in the Big 12 because he has family in West Virginia and friends that live in Iowa. Now, Gildon will get to see both areas.