Canes Keeping Close Tabs on DB

Darin Baldwin remembers last year's district championship game against Palmetto like it was yesterday. He gets a chance at revenge this Friday.

"We lost in double overtime," Baldwin said. "We're 5-0 right now and rollin around. Basically, we play for the district title this Friday against Palmetto. I can't wait."

Darin Baldwin, 5-10 and 180 pounds, is playing strictly cornerback this season for Homestead (Fla.) South Dade and isn't being thrown at much.

"Teams try not throwing my way," he said. "Sometimes I hear the coach saying throw left, throw left and the quarterback still throws to my side. It doesn't happen much though. No touchdowns or anything yet and I have three picks."

Baldwin has not yet set any of his college visits but he has a pretty good idea of where they'll go.

"I'm gonna try to visit NC State, Florida, Auburn, and Florida State," he said. "I'm not sure about UM since they're right here and I can go there anytime."

The talented defensive back prospect claims offers from all but the Hurricanes.

"N.C. State, Florida, Auburn, and FSU have," he said. "UM must wanna wait to see what happens. I'm not sure why they haven't (offered) yet."

Baldwin, who says he's not ready to single out a favorite yet, talked more about his status with the Canes.

"I've been talking to Coach Shannon and Coach Cristobal," he said. "Coach Cristobal talked about me playing receiver but I wanna play DB. Coach Shannon talked about how they like my aggressiveness and the way I play. He said that if I wanna be a lockdown cover guy in college, Miami would be a good place for that to happen. They just called yesterday."

Baldwin, a state champion wrestler last year, said he's been keeping up with the season the Hurricanes are having.

"I'm not glad they lost but I think they needed it," he said. "They were getting too much hype. Hester this, Hester that. Miami this, Miami that. That loss early in the season opened their eyes and probably humbled them some. They bounced back and now they're playing a lot better. Sometimes teams lose early in the season and it makes them focus more as the season goes along, knowing they can't lose again."

Baldwin took the SAT again last Saturday.

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