Top Junior has High Interest in UNC

North Carolina was the second school to verbally offer Ronald Darby a scholarship. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound junior from Oxon Hill (Md.) Potomac now holds 16 offers.

"My interest level [in UNC] is high," Darby said. "They're one of my top schools.

"[I like] the coaching staff. They know how to make you feel comfortable and they're very good coaches and they care about their players."

California, Duke, Florida, Maryland, NC State, Notre Dame, and Virginia are among the 16 schools that have offered Darby.

Darby has camped at UNC the past two summers. Last summer, though, was when the Tar Heel coaching staff verbally offered him.

"Of course, everybody complimented me on my speed," Darby said. "They really liked my speed. And then they made a little joke – [they said] I could leave high school right now and play in their nickel or dime."

Technically, UNC is recruiting Darby as an athlete, but project him as a cornerback and return specialist on the collegiate level. Most of the schools recruiting Darby share the same opinion. Among the exceptions are Duke and Notre Dame, who are recruiting him exclusively as a tailback.

"I like to play corner and special teams," Darby said. "I like to be able to use my speed at those positions."

For Potomac, Darby has started at both tailback and cornerback since his sophomore season. He ended his junior campaign with three interceptions (returning two for scores) on defense, and 22 touchdowns and 1,300 yards rushing on offense.

Darby plans to graduate early. Thus, he's hoping to make a verbal commitment by the fifth game of his senior football season. To help make that decision easier, he plans on narrowing his focus to five schools by the end of next summer.

"I'm really going to have to really sit down with this and try to decide and not only just go off of the football program, but education-wise also," Darby said.

At this point, Darby is open to every school that has offered him a scholarship.

Darby, who camped at Duke, NC State, and Wake Forest, in addition to UNC, plans to attend several camps this coming summer.

"I like to attend camps for the competition," Darby said. "I'm a real competitive person."

Thus far this football season, Darby hasn't been able to take any unofficial visits. However, he's hoping to sneak in a few before the end of the season. He also will take several unofficial trips during the spring. He attended a UNC game during the 2009 season (against FSU).

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