Baldwin Reflects On Visit, Senior Season

Darryl Baldwin is the type of player who would rather let his actions on the field speak for him. Now with his senior season in the books and freshly removed from his official visit to Ohio State, the defensive end speaks to BuckeyeSports.com about his visit, his season and his future.

Darryl Baldwin's official visit to Ohio State afforded him the chance to learn a lot about campus life, but one aspect in particular stuck out to him.

The food.

"We ate a lot," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "I couldn't go Friday because I had a basketball game but Saturday there was this buffet when I got there for lunch and then for dinner we went to this Italian restaurant. They ordered a whole bunch of food and we just ate whatever we wanted."

The 6-6, 245-pound defensive end from Solon, Ohio, issued his verbal commitment to the Buckeyes prior to the start of his team's fall camp in mid-July and has not wavered on that decision. Now after completing his senior football season and in the midst of basketball season, Baldwin said he enjoyed his trip to Columbus – and that there was more to it than just eating.

"We (also) got to tour the whole campus, like the dorms and the athletic things," Baldwin said. "We also got to sit down and talk with the coaches and the strength training staff. Then after that we just got to meet some of the players and just chill with them."

His host for the trip was freshman defensive lineman Melvin Fellows, who also hails from northeast Ohio. Baldwin said the two had once met previously.

"I liked him a lot," Baldwin said. "I felt like he was a really nice guy. I liked him because he was real nice and cool."

As a senior, Baldwin finished with 63 total tackles, a figure that included six sacks and 25 tackles for loss. He also recovered one fumble. On offense, he caught seven passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns from his tight end spot.

A three-star defensive end prospect as ranked by Scout.com, Baldwin said the Buckeyes have not talked with him about whether they exclusively view him as an end or if there is a possibility of him playing tight end in college.

"I'm still really for Ohio State," he said. "I think with or without this visit I was really going to be for them. It just helps me progress and helps me like them even more."

He earned third-team all-Ohio honors and was named defensive player of the year in his conference despite what Solon head coach Jim McQuaide described as consistent triple teams from opposing offenses.

"It was pretty tough, but toward the end I started getting used to it," Baldwin said. "I just had to fight through it and I couldn't let it rattle me because it wouldn't be good if it did. I just did my assignment with whoever was going against me. If it was two or three guys, it didn't matter anymore. I just let the other guys get the glory."

With his senior season in the books, Baldwin said he will miss his teammates more than anything else. When he issued his verbal commitment to the Buckeyes, he did so at a party surrounded by his coach and teammates.

"We were all playing for each other," he said. "We all had such a strong bond for each other. It was just really fun playing with them and I'm really going to miss that."


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