Derwyn Lauderdale went to Southwest Baptist University out of high school. As a freshman, he had 45 catches for 503 yards and one touchdown while also adding 79 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
During his sophomore year, the 5-foot-10, 180-pounder had 76 catches for 697 yards and five touchdowns. As a junior, he led the team in receiving, racking up 86 receptions and 1,056 yards and six scores. His senior year was cut short after a quad injury during his third game. He still compiled 28 catches for 259 yards.