Capital High School quarterback Derrick Becker, who led the Cougars to the Class 2A state semifinals last fall as a junior, will transfer and enroll at Olympia High School for his senior year, his father, Aric, said Monday.
Aric Becker, a former assistant coach at Capital before his son became the starting quarterback in 2011, said the decision to transfer school was based on Derrick Beckers future in football.
It was in the best interest for him, Aric Becker said. His goal ever since he was little is to play college football and on the biggest stage possible. Olympia gives him the chance.
Aric Becker said talks of transferring came within the last month after his wife, Angie, received a job offer in Hawaii, where the couples oldest daughter attends college. He said his wife and youngest daughter, an incoming high school freshman, will be moving to Hawaii, while he and Derrick will stay in Olympia in a rented home in the Olympia High School enrollment area before joining the rest of their family in Hawai'i following the 2013-'14 school year.
The Beckers also looked into enrolling Derrick at a high school in Hawaii, but "it just seemed like too big of a risk, Aric Becker said.
In two seasons as Capitals starting quarterback, the 6-foot, 185-pound Becker threw for 2,300-plus yards and 25 touchdowns, leading the Cougars to the Class 2A quarterfinals in 2011 and a 2A state semifinal appearance in 2012. The Cougars went 10-3 in 2012.
Becker will join an Olympia team, a Class 4A program, which went 4-6 in 2012 and advanced to the district playoffs. Becker wrapped up his junior year at Capital last week, and Aric Becker said he plans to have his son registered at Olympia by the end of the week before the Bears head off to team camp at Oregon State University.