Wide Receiver 6-2/180/4.4
Dulles HS (Sugar Land, TX)
NR: **** - Position Rank: 12
Darryl Stonum Video Part #1 –
Darryl Stonum Video Part #2 –
His Recruiting Story
After speaking with Dulles High Coach Jim Creech for just a few moments, one quickly realizes why college scouts were salivating over his star wideout Darryl Stonum.
"It seems like every time he touches the ball it's a highlight reel," said Creech. "He had 53 catches for 1200 yards and some change, 18 touchdowns, including three touchdowns on punt returns (as a junior). He is a tremendous tremendous athlete and everyone that sees him on film wants him. He is pretty special. It only takes a few plays on this highlight tape to see that. He is a no-brainer.
Stonum's on-field exploits have elicited comparisons to one of college football's most renowned big play threats in recent years. It's a comparison that he finds especially apt due of his love for special teams.
"I get compared to Ted Ginn ALL of the time," Stonum said. "That's because my favorite thing to do in football is returning punts."
Scholarship offer poured in BEFORE signing day 20007 rolled around. Michigan was among the early suitors along with Oklahoma State, Florida, Kansas State, Texas Tech, New Mexico State, Kansas, and Baylor. Stonum narrowed choices to a five team list consisting Michigan, Alabama, Florida, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State. A summer visit to Ann Arbor cemented in his mind a Maize & Blue future.
"My decision was Michigan," Stonum said. "When I came back from the visit (to Michigan from June 15th through the 17th), all I thought about how was how comfortable I was. That's what really made the big difference. I just felt that Michigan made me the most comfortable. If I would have gone on the other two visits, I wasn't going to be any more comfortable than that."
Having two former high school teammates already in the program definitely
made Ann Arbor feel more like home, but they were only partly responsible for
creating that atmosphere. The other members of the Michigan program were every
bit as responsible.
"Brandon Herron and Troy Woolfolk being there was a bonus," said Stonum. "Going into the recruiting process I didn't really pay attention to it. I said to myself that I've got to look out for me. One of the things I really liked was when I went up there, everybody treated me like I was part of the team, All of the coaches took me in like I was part of their family. It was a big family thing. Going so far away home for college, I wanted to feel comfortable, and I feel comfortable at Michigan."
Stonum enrolled at Michigan in January and participated in spring practice.
In Stonum the Wolverines have secured a bona-fide big play threat. Capable of going the distance in a blink of an eye, the 6-2 180-pound speedster is not shy about discussing what he will bring to the Michigan offense. At the same time, he also acknowledges that there are facets of his game that must be improved upon.
"One of my definite strong points, as everybody knows, is my speed and playmaking ability," Stonum stated confidently. "I feel that when the offense I'm playing in is struggling, I have to step up and make plays. I'm able to do that with a fade route, a five-yard stop route, a slant route…anything. It's just playmaking ability. One thing I need to work on… and I haven't really had a chance to because everybody in high school plays like twenty yards off… is getting off the jam. In college I'm going to get jammed a lot, so I have to work on getting off. I already have some moves to get off the jam, but sometimes when guys get their hands on me it's still kind of hard for me. "