Darden-Box is visiting this Saturday for an outing hosted by the U of M coaching staff.
"Right now, I don't know (if I'll get an offer)," Darden-Box said. "Coach (Scotty) Hop(son) talks to me. We talk a lot. I'm just trying to figure out where I stand with them. Coach Hop loves me, he talks about my speed and stuff. I hope I get one."
And, should he get an offer from the Tigers this weekend, Darden-Box leaves no room for doubt about what he'd do.
"If they offer, I will commit," he said. "That's my number one school."
He's already got a top four, in order, of: Memphis, Tulsa, Southern Illinois, and Alabama State.
Darden-Box has watched as five others in the 2012 class have hopped on board with U of M coach Larry Porter, and he's determined to become the sixth.
"They're trying to build a great program and start it over," Darden-Box said. "They're trying to keep everyone in town and in the state of Tennessee."
Darden-Box said he's watched the last couple years as the Tigers' secondary has struggled mightily. He's of the mindset that he'd help turn its fortunes around.
"I'm a sure tackler and a very instinctive guy," Darden-Box said. "I've got pretty good recovery speed. I'm not going to get beat on the deep ball."