While his coach is unaware of a Duke commitment, sources confirm to TheDevilsDen.com that Adrian Aye-Darko has indeed offered a verbal commitment to the Blue Devils and that he will be receiving his National Letter of Intent materials today via FEDEX.
The 6-foot-2, 185 pounder comes from a strong family, originally from Nigeria, that places a strong emphasis on academics. That has triggered interest from Ivy League programs including Princeton, while he's also had serious interest from Stanford in the past.
On the field Aye-Darko has made his reputation as a wide receiver and high pressure cornerback for Chaminade High, though at Duke he's projected to play as either a strong or free safety once he adds an additional 10 pounds.
One talent evaluator who is familiar with Aye-Darko spoke with TheDevilsDen.com on Tuesday morning to offer the following analysis:
"He's a natural athlete who plays the defensive back position with power and a good nose for the ball. He's very fast, running a solid 4.5 forty, though his game speed is probably among the fastest in Duke's recruiting class. He runs with a very long stride and reminds me of Andreas Platt in that respect."
So how come the latest member of the Duke recruiting haul has been able to fly under the radar for so long? Perhaps the main reason is that his highlight tapes weren't sent out to schools until several weeks after his senior season. Then there's his basketball career, which has earned him recognition as one of the best mid major hoops prospects on the west coast, earning several offers from smaller schools on the court.
Stay tuned to TDD for more on Adrian Aye-Darko and other Blue Devil prospects in the coming days.