Apparently those talks produced positive results for the Blue Devils as the 6-foot-3, 195 pound stud will be on campus Sunday meeting with the Duke staff.
While a number of recruiting experts have their say, the word around Durham is that Heyward-Bey is considered the top player on the board for head coach Ted Roof and staff much like Seattle native and current freshman receiver Chancellor Young was last year.
One positive for the Devils is Darrius' apparent fondness for associate head coach David Kelly, who is spearheading this recruitment.
"Duke's on my list. I'm mainly talking with Coach Kelly and he's a great guy, just a great guy," said Darrius last week. "He's family man who tells you the truth. I like how honest he is, and I believe what he's telling me."
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.
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.
So 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."