CB Darin Baldwin from South Dade High School in Homestead, Fla was one of NC State's most highly-regarded recruits for the class of 2006. Baldwin actually committed to the Pack last January before backing off that claim and subsequently learning that he was not academically qualified to enroll in college as a freshman. The three-star prospect according to Scout.com ultimately did not sign with any school and has spent the past several months working to clear up his academic situation. It appears the hard work has finally paid off.
"I just passed the ACT so I'm qualified now," said Baldwin. "I finally cleared it and that's a big relief."
With his academic hurdle behind him, Baldwin says he can now focus on recruiting in earnest.
"Since I got my score, everyone's been calling," he said. "Florida State has called. Miami has called and so has Georgia. Coach Stroud from NC State has been talking to me and he's been there from the beginning. He has probably been in touch with me the most. Him and my former teammate Jevon Walker have really been trying to get me up there. But Doc Holliday from Florida has also stuck with me and so has coach Miller from Arizona State. He's called and tells me they need defensive backs up there."
With so much interest coming from every direction, Baldwin says he plans to take it one step at a time before finally settling on a future school.
"The thing was, before, I was worried about recruiting and let my grades slip," he said. "Now, I'm qualified so I can really look at these schools. I don't want to say I'm leaning to any particular school because coach Stroud has stuck with me. Coach Holliday has stuck with me and so has coach Miller. I know coach Stroud is going to have me up for the Georgia Tech game and I'm planning to go to the Florida-Florida State game, too."
Baldwin did get a chance to watch the Pack's upset win over Florida State last week and his former teammate continues to tell him that he feels Baldwin could be a contributor on the Pack defense right now.
"I don't know what it is but coach Stroud has had Bobby Bowden's number," said Baldwin. "I was talking to Jevon and he told me they had two CB's go down this season and he knew I would have been able to come in there and get some playing time. He's been talking to me all the time about coming up there."
Baldwin has not set a timetable for a final decision but will be able to enroll in college next January. As a senior at South Dade, Baldwin had five interceptions, two sacks, two forced fumbles and returned three kickoffs for touchdowns.
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