Darden-Box Waiting on Memphis Offer

Pearl-Cohn (Nashville, Tenn.) defensive back Darrius Darden-Box doesn't yet have an offer from the University of Memphis. He's hoping that changes this weekend.

Pearl-Cohn (Nashville, Tenn.) defensive back Darrius Darden-Box doesn't yet have an offer from the University of Memphis. He's hoping that changes this weekend.

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."

Darden-Box, who holds one offer from Alabama State, said he's been hearing from — aside from Memphis — Tulsa, Vanderbilt, MTSU, and Southern Illinois.

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."


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