HT – WT – SPEED: Listed at 5-foot-11, 175-pounds, Ronald Darby is just a shade shorter than those signed in the Class of 2011. However, this is not a problem as Darby is well built with long arms and has the biggest thing any college coach wants to see, speed. Speed kills and Darby has it to burn having posted some of the best times in the country in track meets the past year.
QUICKNESS – AGILITY – BALANCE: Darby plays running back on the offensive side of the ball and just watching his highlights you find a player who is fluid and has great quickness and ability to go with super balance.
STRENGTH: While most high school players have to add physical strength once they head to college, this should be a short transition once Darby enters Paul Longo's Irish strength program. What Darby has is above average lower and upper body recoil that equals superior explosion which equals power.
BODY FLEXIBILITY: As a two-way high school player Darby shows great natural bend and the ability to adjust his body.
PRODUCTION: Remember, when we talk about this category we are not looking at statistics, but overall skill level and ability. Ronald Darby has the tools to play on both sides of the ball at the college level. While many would be pulled to placing Darby as a receiver, it looks as if he projects as a top cover corner for most. Darby's success on the field is not from playing in a scheme that helps him have success or from those who play around him, he has success because of his overall ability to make things happen.
ON THE FIELD
Last year Brian Kelly and his Notre Dame staff addressed their defensive front seven, this year it is the defensive backfield getting the early attention and for good reasons. Darby is at the top of the class with his speed, skill set, and ability to change a game when the ball gets in his hands. Talented enough to play on either side of the ball, Darby should also be looked upon to be a return man at the college level. While he is raw as a defensive back and will have some adjustments to make to the college game, he should be a quick learner and considered a player to have some contributions early in his career.
Everyone who has seen Ronald Darby has come away impressed with his on field play and overall demeanor. Humble is the word most used to describe Darby by those who deal with him. Blessed with great speed, Darby is listed as a corner by Scout.com but may be too good of an athlete for Brian Kelly not to tinker with as a receiver. Either way Irish fans should be excited about Darby's future in an Irish uniform.