And while the 6-foot-4, 195 pound standout's inability to trip this weekend is a small set back, it's not something Duke fans should despair over just yet. In fact it's just another step in the process of head coach Ted Roof and staff bringing in a new level of playmakers.
"Duke's on my list. I'm mainly talking with Coach Kelly and he's a great guy, just a great guy. He's family man who tells you the truth. I like how honest he is, and I believe what he's telling me."
And what Kelly is telling him is simple: Duke wants Darrius to be one of the gems of the class of 2005, and it's easy to see why.
Darrius earned All-American honors by placing 6th at the Nike High School Track and Field Championships in Landover, MD. The top 6 in each event earn All-American honors. The most impressive thing is that Darrius was the only junior in the 55-meter championship.
He's also clocked in with a 10.4 in the 100 meters and 21.3 in the 200 meters this year.
The rare combination of speed and skill make him a high ranking player and a player the Blue Devils staff covets. However with such a high stature Heyward-Bey also has a number of high major programs in the running. In fact he's sporting offers from Duke, currently holds football offers from Alabama, Maryland, Virginia, Marshall, Michigan State, Penn State, and Boston College.
"All of the schools that have offered me are in the running. I want to take all five official visits, and those can't happen until after my season is over around November 20, so I'd say I'll pick a school around December or January."
And what is he looking for in a school?
"I want a school where I can get an education. Staying home would be cool, but so would going away. I've boarded for the last few years so that's not a factor. It'll all come down to how I feel about the school and the coaching staff. I've got to live with them and see them every day for four years, I've got to like them to be around them that much."
Sporting a 4.36 in the forty and a big frame, Darrius is a lock to be selected for the US Army game when the teams are announced in late August.
Notes: TDD will have more notes from our candid conversation with this high major prospect on our premium message board beginning Sunday night.