Nation's top CB will visit Clemson

Five-star cornerback Ronald Darby committed to Notre Dame in April, but has made a few official visits to other schools and has one planned for next month -- to Clemson. Details inside.

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The nation's No. 1 cornerback continues to mend from a groin injury that hampered him during the season, and is also readying for a pair of all-star games to conclude his high school career.

But Thursday night, five-star Notre Dame commit Ronald Darby from Potomac High (Oxon, Md.) was on the University of Maryland's campus to watch teammates practice for Saturday's Crab Bowl, which will be played at Bowie State, and he arrived sporting a Notre Dame sweatshirt and saying he remained committed to the Irish.

That said, Darby will make one more visit during the recruiting season.

"I still will be taking one more visit, to Clemson," the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Darby said. "It will be in January."

Darby committed to Notre Dame in April, and has maintained a solid commitment with the Irish. He already made official visits to Notre Dame, Maryland and Auburn.

"It's just seeing other places," Darby said. "I committed real early in the process and I didn't get to see other places and check other places out. I'm just going to see how it is.

"I'm still comfortable with Notre Dame. I'm still committed."

Darby added when he visits other schools, seeing how they stack up against the Irish isn't an easy thing. "It's going to be different at other places," he said. "It's kind of hard to compare them to other schools."

One thing that opened Darby's recruitment up a little more was his academic schedule.

"I was trying to do an early entry, but it didn't work out," said Darby, who is a world-class sprinter. "So, I'm going to run track, indoor and outdoor. I like it a lot. I was trying to do it to stay in shape, but I got good at it. I enjoy it a lot, getting to travel and to compete."

Darby already has a plan in place to run for the Irish, and it shouldn't impact his football schedule.

"It's not a big deal," he said. "(Notre Dame) already gave me a plan, so it's planned out time-wise."

Darby was at the practice for the Washington team (which plays the Baltimore team) to support his teammates, and he said he was "just relaxing" before readying for the Dec. 30 Chesapeake Bowl and the Jan. 5 Under-Armour All-America bowl.

He is ready to play after resting his groin the last month following an 8-3 season, which included an 8-game winning streak.

"We lost in the first round, but I still enjoyed the season," Darby said. "The winning streak we had before we lost went well, but it also (was frustrating) with the injury I was battling all in year in my groin area.

"It's gotten a lot better. I believe it's 90 percent, 95 percent."

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