The Maryland staff is looking to add about four linebackers in the 2018 class, and although they have one committed, there are still spots open. The Terps saw one of their primary targets commit elsewhere May 4 as well, meaning inside backer Jamar Darboe (Christiansburg/Christchurch, Va.) becomes a bigger priority for them.
“Coach [Matt] Barnes from Maryland stopped by the school, actually, and he let me know where everyone stood and said the staff really likes me,” said Darboe, who has offers from UMD, ECU, Buffalo, ODU, Temple, and JMU. “He wants me to come to camp, though, just to see how I move and compete with other athletes. He said everything is smooth with them, though, and the coaches like me, and things are the same. The offer is there, but they want to see how I move.”
And the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Darboe plans to show Barnes and Co. exactly how he moves. He should be at one of the Terps’ June one-day camps.
“Hopefully I’m good to go there. Maryland is definitely in the mix and I like them a lot,” Darboe said. “They’re a program on the rise. The 2017 class made history for them, and now the 2018 class is looking really good. Hopefully I can be part of that.”
So, where does Darboe fit into that 2018 crop?
“Coach Barnes really didn’t talk about exactly where their board stood. I just talked to him [May 4], and he said I’m a priority recruit,” Darboe said. “He let me know they’re taking around four linebackers and they have one committed and I’m right there for them. But I understand the process and everything that’s going on. I’m fine with it.”
Darboe has been in College Park on multiple occasions. He wasn’t in attendance for UMD’s spring game April 22, but he took in a spring practice before that and has toured the campus.
“What I really liked that they were saying is how they offer unlimited help to their student-athletes. Like, everyone has required study hall, but if you need more time or assistance, they’re always there to help at Maryland. So that was really big,” Darboe said. ”Also, I loved the campus. I like how it’s real close to D.C., which is one of the most places in the world, so that’s attractive. And the layout is very nice and I liked all the buildings.
“We also got a chance to see the player dorms, and Maryland probably has the nicest freshmen dorms I’ve ever seen. They were sweet. And the visual of the New Cole, that looks great. It’s going to be one of the nicest facilities around. I can’t wait to see what that looks like when it’s completed.”
Besides UMD, Darboe recently landed an offer from Temple, whose coaches stopped by the school. Rutgers is also interested and should be sending coaches through soon. Staffers from UMD, JMU, VMU, ECU and a couple others have checked out Christiansburg as well.
“And Pitt’s coaches have been talking to me. I’m going up there soon,” Darboe said. “I’ve already been to Maryland, ECU, Charlotte, Richmond, JMU and a couple others, and I want to see some others this summer. There’s no offers I’m really waiting for, but I want to see some more schools and maybe do some camps.”
As far as a decision date is concerned, Darboe has no set timetable. However, he would like to commit before his senior season.
“It could be anytime before the season,” he said. “Once I find the right spot and the coaches who want me the most, I could just commit.”