2016 wideout Darby on the verge of commitment

Frank Darby visited Arizona State late last week and could be making an announcement on his college destination in the coming days.

Arizona State could be on the verge of adding a scholarship wide receiver to its 2016 roster. 

Frank Darby, a 6-foot-1, 190 pound senior at Lincoln High School in Jersey City, New Jersey, took an official visit late last week to see what ASU had to offer and it put the Sun Devils in the driver's seat of the recruitment. 

"Everything blew my mind," Darby said. "Actually one of the best parts was trying all the jerseys on and taking a photo shoot. They took you to amazing restaurants, the new facilities they're building, I was like, 'wow i want to be part of that.  It was just amazing, honestly." 

Until recently Darby had been committed to Iowa, but he never signed with the program due to academic concerns that have more recently been resolved. Now, he's no longer considering the Hawkeyes. 

"Actually, I am leaning towards ASU," Darby said. "They was telling me how they can use me and need me. Coach (Todd) Graham was real honest with me and told me if I want to be a part of something together this is a great place. He said he wasn't going to pressure me, my decision is my decision. But everything he said he spoke with a lot of confidence. I like his energy, he's great. The way he talked to me, it was like this man needs to win a lot of games, national championships. He is very hungry. He told me he's going to coach me hard, show me tough love to make me be the best that I can be.

"Then with (wide receivers) coach Jay Norvell, it was great, my connection with him was already something I was liking how it was going and that just got better. I could see myself actually playing for him. He's coached the best, wants to keep coaching the best and I think I can learn a lot from him." 


Darby had his fifth and final official visit scheduled with Toledo for this coming weekend but said he's likely to cancel that now and make his decision within the next several days. Boston College and Rutgers are the only other two schools currently under consideration, he said, and both already received an official visit. 

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. 

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