Claiborne Talks Recruiting

Darian Claiborne's recruitment has blown up over the past couple of weeks, and he talks about that inside with Fox Sports/

Texas A&M offered Darian Claiborne several days ago, and several other FBS schools quickly followed suit.

Nebraska, Colorado, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Tulane, Louisiana (Ragin' Cajuns) and Western Kentucky subsequently offered Claiborne, who plays both QB and LB for head coach Guy Blanchard at Port Allen High School.

Claiborne was impressed that Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini personally extended a scholarship offer.

"That meant a lot to me," said Claiborne. "I'm not planning on going to any more Junior Days, but Coach Pelini wants me to come up for their spring game and I'm really interested in Nebraska. Coach Pelini said he'd love for me to play for him, and he wants to get to know me more.

"I'm excited and I want to go up there."

Yesterday, Texas A&M hosted Claiborne at its Junior Day.

"It was nice and I liked it a lot," said Claiborne. "I met with the coaches one-on-one. They really want me, but I'm not ready to commit yet. I liked the time I spent there at A&M. They have a spot for me at weakside linebacker."

LSU didn't offer Claiborne at either of its first two Junior Day events, but the Tigers want to have a sit-down with the blue-chip prospect this week.

What does Claiborne expect from the forthcoming meeting?

"I don't know if they'll offer, but if they do, I'll be excited," he said. "I'm not planning to commit until National Signing Day, though.

"I'm enjoying the recruiting process and want to see everything that is out there. I think Mississippi State might come around and be next to offer - them and Arkansas."

Claiborne and his teammates kick off the Class 3A basketball playoffs on Tuesday vs. Sarah Reed of New Orleans.

"We're seeded No. 4," said Claiborne. "If we work on our chemistry, we can go deep in the playoffs. We need to merge together as a team and not play as much as individuals."

Port Allen went 10-3 on the gridiron in 2011 and reached the quarterfinals. The Pelicans' only losses were to Brusly, eventual state champ St. Charles Catholic, and 2010 state champ Parkview Baptist.

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