Devils Target Kilgore Defensive Tackle

Much has been said about the dire need of the maroon and gold at defensive tackle. Thus, the Sun Devil coaches are on a mission to find players that not only play the role, but also can contribute early. Quency Darley from Kilgore College (TX) is one player that could fit that need. In this exclusive DevilsDigest interview, Darley talked about his recent visit to Tempe.

"It was real nice," he said. "Coming from South Carolina (his home state) it was a nice place to be in. I was real comfortable. I enjoyed hanging with my host player Jamar Williams." Darley admitted that he wasn't the most studious person in high school. Consequently, he has put a lot of effort into his studies at the junior college level. The academic presentation during his visit deeply impressed him. "I really focused on getting my grades in junior college," he stated. "I want to get a good college education, and I liked what ASU had to offer."

The defensive tackle doesn't only like to exercise his mind, but also his body. Thus, the 6-3 277 Darley was enamored with the Sun Devils' conditioning facilities and staff. "They have one of the best weight rooms in the country," he said, "and the top strength coach in the country. I want to get into the weight room and get big, and make an impact on the field."

Darley is scheduled to visit Iowa this weekend. He mentioned that he had a previous visit to New Mexico that was cancelled, and he doesn't plan to re-schedule that trip. "I was suppose to visit East Carolina," he remarked. "And I may go to Maryland or Clemson. I don't really want to go to Maryland because they didn't keep their promise. When I came out of high school, I had a scholarship offer from just about every school in the Eastern seaboard. I went to Maryland, and eight days before summer camp they told me I wasn't qualified." He added that he may just make Iowa his second and last visit.

Some may call him a physical specimen, but the Kilgore standout believes there's much more that can be accomplished. "I need to work on my strength," he said. "I'm 277 right now, and I want to get up to 290. I run a 4.78, and I want to get faster but still get stronger. The strength and conditioning program at ASU will be a key factor for me in my decision."

Comfort will be another vital aspect that will determine where Darley will end up come Feb. 4th. "I don't care about school size or program prestige," he said. "Every school in the country is one year away from a national championship. All the schools are on the same level. So for me, I have to make a decision that I can feel good about in the future. It's not just about football; it's also about my career (as in his profession). That's why academics are the biggest thing for me." Darley added that his lowest GPA during his JC tenure was a 3.0 and it rocketed as high as 3.6.

The Manning, SC native said that ASU was enthralled with him from day one. "They liked what they saw on tape," he stated. "When they visited me they said they liked talking to me. I enjoyed talking to all the coaches there; I talked to Coach Koetter, Carrier, and Monachino. I get along great with all of them. I have nothing but good things to say about Arizona State.

Despite all the compliments he bestowed on ASU, he does want to wait until after his visit to Iowa to make a decision. "But I was excited about the trip (to ASU). I told them to keep a hat for me (smile)…"

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