Wide receiver Frank Darby joining ASU for 2016 season

Wide receiver Frank Darby is joining Arizona State's 2016 roster after committing to the program over Boston College and Rutgers this week.

Arizona State is adding a scholarship wide receiver to its 2016 roster. 

Frank Darby, a senior at Lincoln High School in Jersey City, New Jersey, announced via twitter Wednesday that he will join the Sun Devils this summer. 

A 6-foot-1, 190 pound former Iowa commit, Darby re-opened his recruitment in April and subsequently took an official visit to ASU. He picked the Sun Devils over Boston College and Rutgers, among other programs. 

"I pretty much hinted to them on my visit and then I went ahead and called and told them today that I wanted to be a Sun Devil," Darby said. "They was excited, told me they can't wait to have me on board so they could get me to be the best I can be and then just try to go win some championships."

"This is way different (than the Iowa commitment). It's a lot of stress off my back. After I re-opened my recruitment, coaches came way harder. Calling my phone every day, [messaging] my phone every day. It was just crazy and aggravating but now it's a stress release."

ASU wide receivers coach Jay Norvell played an essential role in the recruitment. 

"He's a great person, I love his attitude, his energy," Darby said. "He is a great coach. He's fired up about me, he's been fired up about me since I opened my recruitment. He found a way to get me out to Arizona. He flew across the country just to see me, nobody else. It is just amazing. That shows respect and what we've got going at Lincoln."


Darby said he's gained 10 pounds since the football season ended and is already gearing up for the transition to college. He doesn't graduate from high school until June 22, so it's still more than a month until he'll join the ASU program. 

"During the season I was about 180 (pounds) and now I'm about 191, 192," he said. "I'm getting ready, working out every day, preparing. I'm talking to the assistant (strength coach), getting on a work out plan. It's very similar to what we do here." 

A self-confident and competitive player, Darby is confident the Sun Devils are getting a player who will work hard to make the most of the opportunity. 

"I play with aggression," he said. "I feel as though if the ball is thrown to me I have to go get it, that's my ball. I have to make plays, I'm going to make plays. I don't like to lose. I play with anger. I play with an attitude that nobody can rock with me right now. Forget everybody else. Nobody is going to stop me from what I'm going to do on the field tonight. And I like big games, I like a crowd, I like showing people what I can do, I like the energy, I like when my teammates look up to me, I want to lead them by playing hard and playing right." 

The Sun Devils had just six scholarship wide receivers on their 2016 spring roster but are now adding four high school players this summer, as well as Oklahoma transfer John Humphrey Jr., who must sit out this season per NCAA rules. 

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