Darby To Visit ND

Ronald Darby started out as a three-star prospect, but recruiting fans should expect that to change when the rankings are updated. The standout athlete from Potomac High School High School (Oxon Hill, Mary.) already has 26 scholarship offers and invitations to play in both national all-American games.

Notre Dame identified Ronald Darby (5-foot-10, 165-pounds) as one of their top recruiting targets and he has been staying in touch with a couple coaches from the Irish staff.

"I had been talking to coach Molnar, but they switched coach Cooks into our area, so I normally talk to coach Cooks," Darby said. "I like him (Cooks) a lot. He seems like a real good coach.

"We have real good conversations, and he explains things about the school. If I have any questions, he answers them right away. Knowing that he coaches the defense, we have a lot to talk about."

Darby is a dynamic player with the football in his hands, but the Irish would like to see him on the defensive side of the ball... and Darby agrees.

"They're recruiting me to play corner," he explained. "I believe I'll be a real good defensive back at the next level, because I have the speed, the size and the toughness to play defense. They're also looking at me for special teams, kick return and punt return."

With as many scholarship options as Darby has, it may be difficult for schools to gain his attention. While that might be an issue for some schools, it isn't a problem for the Irish.

"I have real high interest in Notre Dame," Darby said. "I like their tradition, and their need for defensive backs is high. If that's the college I choose, I feel that I could be an impact player right away, and be someone that could help the program.

"They sell out the stadium every game, the education is great, and I've been interested in the school ever since I saw the movie Rudy. I'm just trying to talk to the coaches and learn more about the program.

"I'm also going to the spring game in April," he said. "I'm going in with an open mind to see how everything is, the environment, the school, the campus and everything.

"We got together with my coach and we've been planning this for awhile. I run track as well, so it's difficult to get out now. I'm already missing a track meet to go to Notre Dame."

Darby has already taken visits to Rutgers, UNC, and Virginia. After his visit to Notre Dame, he'd like to make a number of additional visits.

"I really want to visit more schools, because anyone can tell you anything over the phone," he said. "I want to get out and see how everything is. That's why it's difficult to have a school that I'm crazy about, because I haven't gone out to see them.

"I'm going to keep an open mind through this, and see what comes and what doesn't. I like all the schools that have offered me, but I'm going to start narrowing things down toward the end of summer and the middle of my season."

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