TE: "I'm Real Fired Up"

Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade standout Octavius Darby (nicknamed Tay) is finally glad the preseason is coming to an end.

"It seems like it's been forever since the end of last season," Darby said. "We didn't end the way we wanted to (Chaminade lost in the 2A championship game to The Bolles School). Bolles took it from us and now we're out to get it back. I'm real fired up right now."

Darby and his teammates will play at Clewiston on Friday night in the season opener. He'll start at tight end and will also play some outside linebacker.

At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, Darby is one of the state's top tight end prospects.

"I've already gotten a lot of (recruiting calls) and it's already getting annoying," he said. "UM called me yesterday and I was happy. I wasn't sure what was going on."

One of the reasons for that comment is because Darby found out about the recent addition of Greg Olsen.

"I know they got some new cat at tight end," he said. "I don't know what their plans are but I hope I'm in them. I missed their call yesterday so I wasn't able to ask him about it."

The talented tight end is also hearing from several other programs. Some of the schools that called him this week are Oklahoma, Michigan, Iowa, and Florida State.

"UM's still on top but I'm just hoping they come through (with an offer)," he said. "I just gotta go out and show them I can play with those guys. Then it's Florida, Iowa, and Michigan. I'll be taking my visits."

Darby was in the Orange Bowl Saturday, along with teammate John Dunlap, to watch the Hurricanes battle the Gators.

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