At 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, Amara Darboh has already seen home state programs Iowa and Iowa State issue him verbal scholarship offers. Nevertheless, Saturday found Darboh surprised about picking up his latest offer from Notre Dame.
"I went to the Pitt game," Darboh told Irish Eyes on Sunday night. "It was great and I really liked the atmosphere and how the fans were into the game. I had a chance to speak with a couple of the coaches from Notre Dame, and had the chance to speak with Coach Kelly. It was great."
Darboh is no stranger to the Irish staff as he attended camp this past summer.
"I went down for a camp this summer. But this was the first Notre Dame game I have ever gone to."
While impressed by what he saw on the field, the thing that stayed in his mind after leaving campus was the reaction of Irish fans towards the team.
"It was amazing when all the fans gathered around and waited for the team to come out of the chapel. On the field I could see they really like to throw the ball around and that is a plus."
In talking with Brian Kelly, Amara learned about the Irish deep interest in him as a future member of the program.
"Coach Kelly kept talking about how they liked me a lot and feels strong about me being part of the program. My high school coach I think spoke with Coach Martin and then he called and told me that Notre Dame was going to offer me."
As for what will turn his head in picking a college, the West Des Moines (IA) Dowling product knows it is more than just football but is undecided on a field of study.
"I'll be looking at everything. The offensive system, the coaches, and the overall education must be good so I can get a great education for later on in life. I am in no hurry right now and think I am just going to wait and finish out my junior year and go from there. I'm not sure what I'll study, but I know if I go to Notre Dame, I will get a great education that will be with me all of my life."
When asked to describe how he is doing this season, Darboh spoke more about his team than himself.
"We're 8-0 and our team is looking good. I feel I've been doing pretty well this year."
While his future is on a football field, Darboh also has other interest.
"I also play basketball and was on the track team competing in the long jump. I play AAU basketball and plan on being part of the track team as well this year."
When describing his strengths and weakness the future college wide receiver knows there is work needed to be the type of player he wants to be.
"I feel that I'm aggressive to the ball and I feel comfortable doing it. But I went to camp and Notre Dame and the coaches said I needed to stay lower on my routes."
With three offers and several other programs showing interest, Darboh has been taken back by all the attention.
"I've very surprised how soon have been offering me. It is a little overwhelming, but I'm glad it is happening and thankful for everything."
The Irish will be in a battle for Amara as he continues to gain interest in the months to come. Irish Eyes will stay in contact to see where the Irish stand as more schools offer.