At the ESPN Under Armour all-America underclassman combine, the 5-foot-11, 175 pound Darby bested everyone in the 40-yard dash, running an electronic 4.31 seconds, and also showed well in one-on-one drills.
Among the nearly two dozen schools to already offer the class of 2012 standout is Rutgers, a school he keeps in close contact with regularly.
"I don't know that much about them, but I know the coaching staff is real caring," Darby said. "They always check up on me on Facebook, wish me happy thanksgiving and everything like that."
Darby's offer sheet should grow exponentially as schools transition to finishing their 2011 class and focus more on the 2012 class.
He is being recruited to play running back and cornerback, but Darby has a message for the schools in pursuit of him when it comes to a future position.
"I want to play cornerback," he said. "I like shutting people down. If I'm blessed enough to make to the (NFL), I want to last. I don't want to get beat up early, and I like the ball in my hands, so that's why I would consider special teams."
Darby was one of the most notable players at the combine, and it shows from an offer list that includes Florida, Notre Dame and West Virginia. He also holds an offer from Navy, which should speak volumes about his character.
At this point in the process Darby is considering everything, and does not dismiss any offers he receives.
"Offers come, but not a lot of guys get them, so you have to stay humble about them," he said. "Every offer means something. They're all Division I, and they're all paying for education. You get it, of course you're going to be excited and happy, but you still have to work to get there. Just because you have it doesn't mean it's automatically there. You have to work to keep it."