Tight End High on UM

Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade standout tight end Octavius Darby was planning on attending the Miami camp recently but decided against it at the last minute.

"I had planned on going but I wasn't able to at the last minute," Darby said, "so I just decided not to go to any of the three days."

At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Darby has been playing the position since he was nine years old.

"I've been a tight end for a long time," he said. "I love it. I've gotten to where I use a lot of the little things that I've learned to my advantage. I feel that it's a mismatch whenever I'm lined up against an outside linebacker."

One of the reasons for that mismatch is Darby's 4.7 speed over 40 yards. He also competes in basketball and track (400m). Inside the classroom, he's a full qualifier with a 950 SAT score.

Darby had a busy spring talking to college coaches. One of those that stopped by the school and called was Coach Stoops from UM.

"He basically talked about how he liked me and everything," he said. "He was telling me they don't really offer many kids this early and that they'll be watching me throughout the year. That's cool though cause that's what they did with Jon [Beason] and Glenn [Cook] last year. I talked to Coach C.J. too and he basically said the same thing."

When Darby was asked about other schools, he really didn't have much to say.

"I'm keeping my options open," he said. "Some schools called but I'm looking at UM mostly. I love the way they use their tight ends. I hope they ask me to become one of the next tight ends there."

Darby was asked what he'd do if the Canes were to offer him later in the year.

"I'd tell them I'll be the next great one," he said. "It's close to home (Darby lives in Dade County), I like the competition there. That's how great players emerge. I'd commit [if offered]."

The standout tight end is one of two players at Chaminade the Hurricanes are currently recruiting. Wide receiver/linebacker John Dunlap is the other.

"They're looking at him too but they haven't offered yet," Darby said. "We talked about going to Miami together. If they offer us, we're probably going. If they don't then who knows. Maybe Florida. I also like them, Florida State, Pittsburgh. Me and John will probably try to stick together though."

Darby received May recruiting calls from other programs, such as Florida, N.C. State, LSU, Ohio State, Iowa, Auburn, and Georgia.

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