On Friday, Mann recorded a whopping 18 tackles, including four for a loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles in Don Bosco's 20-3 win over St. Anthony's.
On Sunday evening Darius Mann spoke with Inside the Ville to discuss his summer work, his performance on friday and more.
ITV: As you were heading into your senior season, how did you approach summer practice?
Mann: I knew that I needed to give it everything. I went all out, as hard as I could for rep during practice. I play all out on every play during games, so I knew that I had to practice that way. We practice at a pace that most, so that helped me get ready for the season.
ITV: You made the decision to commit before the start of the season. How has things been since you committed to Louisville?
Mann: Before the season a lot of people were doubting how good I was was. Some were even saying that they didn't think that I was as good as the school I committed too. My motivation comes from those people that were telling my coaches that I wasn't good enough.
ITV: Talk about your 18 tackle performance from Friday's game.
Mann: I didn't think that I really had that good of a game, especially after watching the film. I didn't get any exposure on offense [he also plays receiver], but I really thought that I should have played better on defense. I know that I can play better than that. I need to improve my reads, take better angles and be more disciplined.
ITV: I understand that since the game, some aren't questioning you any more and are now interested in having you.
Mann: It doesn't matter. A lot of guys start believing in the hype when schools like Miami and Florida State come after them, but I don't. Nobody stays on top forever. My goal is to play in a BCS Championship game at Louisville and do whatever I can to help Louisville be the best that they can be.
ITV: Any pregame routines that you go through before each game?
Mann: Not really..it's more of a ritual. On game day, my grandma wakes me up, I eat breakfast and then give her a kiss goodbye. I always happy and have a big smile on gameday. The day before is more intense for me. I just try to relax and won't really do much the night before.
ITV: Did you get a chance to watch the Louisville - Kentucky game?
Mann: I didn't get to see all of it because I had practice. I was really impressed with Michael Bush...he's an animal. I liked how the team worked as a unit. That will make Louisville hard to beat. They looked real good.
ITV: Are you still 6-foot, 180-pounds?
Mann: No, I'm still 6-foot, but I'm up to 190-pounds.
ITV: Do you have a goal of how big you want to be when you get to college?
Mann: Yeah, I hope to add some height and be about 6-foot-2 and get my weight up to about 205-pounds. I want to be solid so I'm ready to go when I get to Louisville.
This weekend Don Bosco, which is ranked 19th in that Nation in USA Today's Super 25 rankings will face it's rival in Bergen Catholic, the nation's 25th-ranked high school program.