Darby's Fall Visit Plans

Oxon Hill High (Potomac, Md.) five-star cornerback and Notre Dame commit Ronald Darby recently made headlines when he visited a few other campuses. So, should the Irish be concerned? Come insdie IrishEys.com and find out.

Scout.com's No. 1 cornerback Ronald Darby of Oxon Hill High (Potomac, Md.) heard plenty of talk about the status of his commitment to Notre Dame in the wake of several unofficial visits.

Darby has politely backed away from interviews, giving way to Oxon Hill coach Donnell Douglas, who said the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder remains "solid" with the Irish.

In fact, Douglas went on to say there is only one official visit on Darby's calendar, and only two college football games he plans on attending this fall.

"We'll be at Notre Dame for the Michigan State (Sept. 17) because we won't be able to make the USC (Oct. 22) game because we have a game that Saturday," Douglas said. "He's still solid to Notre Dame. I think his only official will be to that Notre Dame game, and then he'll go see Notre Dame when they come up here to Maryland (Nov. 12)."

Since committing in the spring, Darby made visits to Notre Carolina, Auburn and Clemson. And when a five-star visits a campus, it is usually widely reported, which Darby quickly learned.

"He just wanted to visit," Douglas said. "He never had an opportunity to visit any other places, so he just wanted the opportunity to see things."

Furthermore, Douglas said the unofficial visits were made not to schools Darby was interested in seeing, but to schools teammates/friends were visiting, and Darby wanted to go along for the experience.

"He didn't want to be seen, and the only reason he was seen at Clemson was because (another player) mentioned his name," Douglas said. "We had just swung by to say hi, and we were trying to get (another player) some recognition."

Darby's current focus split between football and track. He will participate in the Gridiron Kings 7-on-7 tournament this weekend at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and run in the junior nationals July 30 in Kansas.

"After that, it's strictly football," Douglas said.

Darby is training with a coach to work on his play as a defensive back, but that likely won't be the only place he sees action with the Irish.

"He'll play defensive back and hopefully as a kick and punt returner," he said. "They would love to use him in a special (offensive) package. They spoke to him about it."

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