It didn't take long after New Jersey 2016 wide receiver Frank Darby re-opened his recruitment late last month for Arizona State to come calling.
A 6-foot-1, 190-pounder out of Lincoln High School in Jersey City, Darby was committed to Iowa but didn't sign with the school due to academic concerns. Subsequently, Darby said he achieved a qualified SAT test score in mid-March but the Hawkeyes told him they were out of room.
"They weren't expecting me to qualify late I don't think but they gave the scholarship away to someone else," Darby said. "There was bad weather and the SAT gone postponed and that really hurt me I think. But it felt great to get qualified and now I have these other opportunities so I'm happy about that."
ASU wide receivers coach Jay Norvell reached out to Darby within a matter of days of his de-commitment, and then a week later made a trip to Jersey City in order to inquire about his academic standing. The feeling out process has been mutual.
"I didn't really know much about ASU but then I started to do some research and I was like okay the Sun Devils," Darby said. "I was looking up how many games they've been winning and saw they have a really good football team lately.
"It's really cool to be recruited by a program like that from the West and I really felt like I wanted to take a visit there to see."
Darby has already taken official visits to Iowa, Rutgers and just got back from Boston College. He'll be at ASU beginning Thursday for his fourth official visit and has his fifth and final visit scheduled for Toledo the following weekend. He'll pick one of the schools and be eligible to play this season.
ASU, Boston College, Rutgers and Toledo are the four schools currently under consideration and Darby is planning to make a decision on May 23.
The Sun Devils had just six scholarship wide receivers participating in spring practices and have already signed three additional wide receivers in the 2016 class. Even so they'll lose two seniors at the position after this season and still need to replenish the position group in a major way in the year ahead.