Verrett was a highly-decorated three-year starter at TCU. As a senior in 2013, he was the Big 12 Conference's co-Defensive Player of the Year, a consensus second-team All-America and a first-team All-Big 12 pick. One of the nation's top cover cornerbacks, opposing quarterbacks rarely challenged Verrett during his senior season at TCU as only 52 passes were thrown in his direction and only 17 were completed.
Already touted as a likely first-round pick, Verrett's stock went up after he clocked a 4.38 in the 40-yard-dash at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, the second-fastest time among the cornerbacks.
Verrett is a native of Fairfield in Northern California. It's the same city where the Jelly Belly candy factory is located. Verrett's entire family, including his father, Warren, grew up Raiders fans and Verrett's brother, Tre, actually works for the Raiders as a client services representative in the famed “Black Hole.” Verrett joked after his introductory press conference that as soon as he was drafted by the Chargers, the entire family would be converting their alliances to the Chargers.
Verrett began his collegiate career at Santa Rosa Junior College and he transferred to TCU before the 2011 season. In his first ever game for the Horned Frogs, Verrett and his teammates faced a Baylor team that was led by quarterback Robert Griffin III “RG3” and future NFL wide receiver Kendall Wright. It was a rough introduction for Verrett as Griffin threw for 359 yards and five touchdowns, while Wright, whom Verrett spent most of the day covering, caught 12 passes for 189 yards and two scores. Despite the rocky start, Verrett improved each week. Six games into the season, the coaches moved him into the starting lineup and the results were dramatic. Over the Horned Frogs' first six games, the defense was surrendering 267.7 passing yards and 410.0 total yards per game, but then over the last seven games with Verrett in the starting 11, the defense improved significantly, yielding just 194.7 passing yards and 310.0 total yards per game. By the end of the year, Verrett had shown enough to earn honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference honors.
Verrett enjoyed the best statistical season of his career after starting 13 of 13 games as a junior in 2012. It's also when he began popping onto the NFL radar. His accolades included first-team All-Big 12 honors, along with first-team All-America honors from Sports Illustrated and third-team honors from the Associated Press. Verrett's totals for his junior season included 63 tackles, six interceptions and 16 passes defensed, all career highs. More impressively, Verrett was targeted 105 times by opposing quarterbacks, but he allowed just 30 of those passes (28.6 pct.) to be completed
Verrett was a sports broadcasting major at TCU. It's not surprising considering that ESPN SportsCenter anchor, Stan Verrett, is a distant cousin. Verrett is the fourth former TCU Horned Frog drafted by the Chargers in team history and the first since 2001 when the Chargers drafted LaDainian Tomlinson in the first round with the fifth overall selection.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: First-round pick by Chargers, (25), May 8, 2014.
2014: Injured hamstring Sept. 21 at Buffalo and inactive Sept. 28 vs. Jacksonville...clinched Oct. 12 win at Oakland (31-28) with interception with 1:13 remaining in fourth quarter...was first NFL pick...also collected six tackles and tied for team high with two passes defensed... inactive Oct. 19 vs. Kansas City (shoulder)...returned to action Oct. 23 at Denver but re-injured shoulder in second quarter...inactive Nov. 2 at Miami...placed on “Reserve-Injured” Nov. 15.
COLLEGE: Big 12 co-Defensive Player of Year and first-team All-Big 12 as senior...also second-team All-America by Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, Sports Illustrated and USA Today...first-team All-America by SI and third-team by AP as junior in 2012, along with first-team All-Big 12...team's Dan Rogers MVP in 2012 and first defensive back since 1992 to win award...career-high six interceptions as junior tied for most in Big 12 and sixth in nation...22 passes defensed led conference and were second most in NCAA FBS...honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference as sophomore in 2011...spent 2010 freshman year at Santa Rosa Junior College, earning first-team All-NorCal Conference honors along with being selected to California Community College Athletic Association All-State Team...started 34 of 37 games played at Texas Christian, registering 160 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 35 passes defensed and nine interceptions...also during career, had 235 passes thrown his direction and allowed just 77 (32.8 pct.) to be completed...tallied 44 tackles, four interceptions and six passes defensed in 2010 at Santa Rosa JC...set school-record with 99-yard interception return for touchdown vs. Foothill College...played 2011-13 at TCU...sports broadcasting major.
PERSONAL: Born in Fairfield, Calif....two-time All-Solano County League and All-Sac-Joaquin running back and defensive back at Rodriguez High in Fairfield... older brother, Tre, also played running back and defensive back at Rodriguez.