Even with that background and familiarity with the Hawkeye coaches and the school, the Class of 2012 wide receiver received a different perspective over the weekend. He used the second of his five official visits to watch the Hawkeyes outlast Northwestern, 41-31.
"I got a chance to talk more with the coaches and find out more about them, but the biggest difference was that I got to spend time with the players," the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from West Des Moines (Iowa) Dowling Catholic High said. "I got a chance to hang out with the players. I already had my perspective of the coaches, kind of. But it was nice to talk to the players and see what they thought about the coaches.
"They all love the coaches. They didn't say anything bad about them. They all looked up to them. That was nice to hear from the players."
"They said they saw me as an impact player and someone that could make a difference coming in," Darboh said. "That was nice to hear."
Darboh said that the thing that sticks out the most to him about the Iowa program is the support it receives.
"Every time I go up there, fans are passionate about their Hawkeye football," he said. "I get that feeling."
Darboh, whose leaning towards a business major in college, is rated as the 19th best receiver nationally in his class by Scout.com. With that comes a lot of pressure during the recruiting process.
"It's a lot to handle with school work and taking visits and our season," he said. "It seems like I'm always busy doing something. But I've also been enjoying it. I'm very fortunate to have this opportunity. I'm just trying to make the best of it right now."
Darboh now has officially visited Wisconsin and Iowa. He was expected to see Michigan the Saturday after Thanksgiving when the Wolverines play host to Ohio State. He planned on seeing his other two finalists - Notre Dame and Florida - after the season.
"I'll probably decide sometime in December," he said. "If not, then it will be in way early January. That would be the latest.
"If I visit a place and it seems like the right place, I'll make a decision. I'm just going to make it when it feels comfortable to me."
Darboh doesn't favor any program at this point.
"With all of the schools that I'm focusing on right now, there's something I like about all of them," he said. "They're all great schools. It's going to be the players and the coaches that I feel most comfortable around."
Darboh isn't your typical Iowa child that grew up rooting for an in-state school. He moved to the Des Moines area when he was seven to escape the unrest in his native Freetown, Sierra Leone.
"I'm just not going to make my decision based on being from Iowa and being close to home," Darboh said. "I'm going to try to ignore that factor and think outside the box. It's going to be about things that I want and think can help me the most in the future."