IE Take: Ronald Darby

While the news of receiving three verbal pledges prior to the spring game was enjoyable, the fact Ronald Darby was one of those involved gave Irish fans an added gift. Irish Eyes offers its take on the newest member of the team's class of 2012.

Speed, when used correctly, can be a weapon college teams can use on offense, defense and special teams. Ronald Darby of Oxon Hill (MD) Potomac High School has speed to burn much like his idol and former Notre Dame All-American Raghib "Rocket" Ismail.

Now, Darby has given Brian Kelly his pledge to be Irish when the Class of 2012 places pen to paper next February and Irish fans should be ecstatic.

What To Like

Speed and overall athletic ability make Darby a player the Irish needed to land early in this class. As the Irish continue to build depth in the defensive backfield, Darby has the talent to be a cover corner with the ability to go up and make a play in the air. Add in his abilities as a return man, and the Irish have another top prospect for the defensive side of the ball.

What May Concern You

Keeping Ronald Darby in the fold with his early commitment will be the focus of the Irish staff until the ink is dried and the fax has been sent on signing day. However, Darby is saying all the right things and despite the impressive offer list seems to have found his home at Notre Dame.

Bottom Line

Several sources have told Irish Eyes how excited the Notre Dame coaching staff is about getting Darby into the fold this early. Ranked by as the #2 cornerback, Darby has a great skill set on both sides of the ball and a special gift when asked to return kids.

This was not a rushed to decision by the Maryland native and one that looks strong. This must have been the reason Brian Kelly was walking around prior to the game with such a huge grin on his face. Top Stories