RECRUITING: Baldwin Can Relate To Storm Victims

When Darin Baldwin sees the damage in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama he can relate. The 6-0, 170-pound cornerback from Homestead (FL) South Dade remembers what it was like back in 1992 when his family lost their home because of Hurricane Andrew.

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When Andrew destroyed the family home in 1992, Baldwin moved up to Gainesville where he went to school until the home had been rebuilt. Before it got into the Gulf of Mexico where it became a monster hurricane, Katrina went through Homestead but this time the damage wasn't nearly as bad as Andrew. It did result in Baldwin's first football game of the season being cancelled. "We flooded a little bit but not much," he said. "They canceled that [first] game. Harris Field was messed up anyway because of water."

It wasn't fun for a couple of days as Baldwin and his family were without electricity, phone, and other creature comforts comforts.

"We lost all of that … everything," he said.

Baldwin is ready for football season to begin. Class work won't be too difficult since he's already completed the most difficult elements of his core classes.

"School is back in and is going good … we only missed three days," he said. "I took all the difficult stuff over in the first three years."

With recruiting about to heat back up and coaches able to call on September 1, Baldwin doesn't have any major developments in his recruiting. He does have a list of three schools that stand out at the moment.

"Nothing really new," he said. "Miami hasn't offered me yet and my favorites right now are UM, the Florida Gators and NC State."

These three schools were included with Auburn in our last update. He talks about the three current leaders.

FLORIDA: "I love Florida and I have a lot of family up there."

MIAMI: "Everybody in Dade County likes them. They are right here."

NC STATE: "Since Coach Amato got up there I watched the film a lot and I liked the way they play."

Right now, he's itching to start playing football again. This is his senior season and he wants to show off his talents on the playing field.

"I think I am like a man playing against boys," he said. "I feel like I am on another level, but I need to keep playing. I want to make All-County and I want to play in the Florida vs. California game."

Storms have been a distraction for Darin Baldwin. He's ready for the distractions to end so he can get out on the football field. When you've experienced the things he has in his young life, football is a great outlet.

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