Signing Day 2004: Adrian Aye-Darko

One of the more unknown names to be released by the Duke football program on the official prep class of 2004 announcement was Chaminade Prep corberback Adrian Aye-Darko. However don't let the lack of pre-commitment coverage fool you, the 6-foot-2, 190 pounder is an ACC caliber prospect.

After an outstanding career at Chaminade High that saw him log 157 receptions for 2,492 yards and 20 touchdowns as a receiver, and then another 200 career tackles with eight interceptions on the defensive side of the ball, Adrian Aye-Darko had interest from a number of programs late due to a delay in sending out highlight tapes.

However it was the Blue Devils who swooped him with the first and only offer for the Nigerian native. Right now there is speculation that Aye-Darko would grey-shirt, though no official plans have been made public.

No matter what happens with him, the Blue Devils got a steal of a prospect according to a number of talent evaluators.

One analysts spoke with TDD on Tuesday regarding the commitment of Aye-Darko.

"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. He's also very powerful, and has a high vertical jump thanks to his basketball career."

Adrian is an honor roll student, and has fully qualified for competition at the Division One level.


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