The Experts' Take: Ronald Darby

A quartet of Scout.com's national recruiting analysts were at Walt Disney World a few weeks ago to watch the Gridiron Kings 7-on-7 event, which involved plenty of Notre Dame commits and prospects. IrishEyes.com is using their knowledge in a week-long "The Experts' Take" feature as they break down those players.

Scout.com's four national recruiting analysts were at Walt Disney World late last month for the Gridiron Kings 7-on-7 tournament. After the event, IrishEyes.com asked for scouting reports from each person on prospects either committed or considering Notre Dame.

Today, we begin a daily series in which Brandon Huffman, Bob Lichtenfels, Chad Simmons and Greg Powers breakdown. If the expert did not see enough of the player, we didn't force a scouting report.



Player: Ronald Darby
Projected Pos: CB
Ht: 5-11
Wt: 175
School: Oxon Hill High (Potomac, Md.)
Schools being considered Committed to Notre Dame

Huffman says: The biggest thing with Darby is for a guy that we have projected that high, and a guy who is kind of foreign to that position, you're expecting to see that there's still a transition that he has to make, or is he a natural at the position? If it weren't for Powers and (Lichtenfels) telling me he never played corner, I would have never guessed that because it looks so natural.
He's a big, physical corner with great hips, great backpedal, good quickness, great recovery skills, long arms. He's a complete package at corner, and you would never been able to tell he's not a natural corner because he plays like he is. His recovery skills are remarkable.

Lichtenfels says: Darby was impressive. I would, without hesitation, say he was the most impressive player at the event. He was the guy you look at like we did with Eric Berry and say he will be in the NFL in three years. There is just a difference between him and everyone else. He is an elite talent and still learning every day. He has game changing speed and he is a nice kid, but you can see when he jams people it is intense and it's not Mr. Nice guy anymore.

Simmons says: Darby was clearly one of the top guys out there. He made play after player. He really made the big plays, especially in the championship game. He's got the lockdown cover skills you expect from the No. 1 cornerback back in the country. He has extremely quick feet, a great change of direction, can really flip the hips and he really plays big. He can go up and knock the ball down at its highest point. He's smaller, but he played well against the bigger receivers.

Powers says: Darby is probably one of the best players I've seen in person all year. Being the No. 1-ranked cornerback in the country, and being a national name, you always have questions about whether that guy deserves to have that spot. I think if you look at all the positions out there, if you had a no-doubt No. 1 guy, I think Darby is that guy.


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