Dutchtown DB Has First Offer

Dutchtown cornerback Jonathan Darville received his first offer recently and the senior is looking forward to the 2010 campaign. Darville and the Griffins are motivated after getting upset in the first round of the 5A playoffs last year.

Dutchtown cornerback Jonathan Darville received his first offer recently from the Northwestern State Demons.

Darville, a three-year starter for the 5A Griffins, wears a variety of hats for his team. In 2009, Darville recorded 30 tackles with three interceptions as the team's top corner and he earned first-team all-district honors as a return specialist. In addition, Darville rushed for 164 yards and three TDs on only six carries (27.33 yards per attempt).

"I hadn't really been talking to Northwestern," he said. The offer just popped up. Their recruiter told me on the phone that they watched my highlight tape, they liked what they saw, and that they were offering me right then and there.

"It seems like a good school and I like the purple colors, which are the same as Dutchtown. I plan to go see their facilities in July and find out more. I have heard that they have a good tradition."

Darville attended camp earlier this summer at both Tulsa and SMU and he's visiting Louisiana Tech with a couple of teammates later this week.

"I'm going up to Tech with Effrem Reed and Cole Harp. The coaches are going to show us around. Effrem is our running back and he's so explosive. It's hard to stop him. I feel good about things and like our chances when he gets 20 touches or more in a game.

"Cole is one of our linebackers and he's worked hard and gained a lot of weight during the offseason. He got the starting job during the middle of the year and he really showed off and put out for us in those four games."

Darville, Reed, and Harp form part of a close-knit group of Dutchtown seniors.

"We've been together a long time," said Darville. "There's the three of us, plus safety Shaquille Lewis and quarterback Leon Blouin. We've been playing together since we were all seven or eight years old and we've stuck together, like a family. Where one goes, we all go."

Dutchtown entered the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in 5A last year and Darville expects the Griffins to have another good season.

"We should go further this year," he said. "We were upset in the first round last year, but I think we have a chance to go to the Dome if we have the right mindset. We have a lot back, but we also have a lot of little ones - young players - and we have to teach them."

Darville will face some interesting matchups this year, including games vs. wide receivers Jarvis Landry (Lutcher) and D'haquille Williams (East St. John).

"I grew up with Jarvis and he was there with us at Cole Harp's house a couple of nights ago. I had to go man-to-man against him some last year and he's good. I think that I've gotten better and so we'll see what happens.

"D'haquille Williams has been making a name for himself and we played East St. John in 7-on-7 awhile back. We put Landon Collins on him that day and it got rough between the two of them. Landon played linebacker for us last year, but we're moving him to strong safety."

Darville might not be the biggest corner, but he loves to stop the run.

"I was a linebacker in little league football and so I'm used to run support. I was able to come up for the ball against the run last year because we trusted Eric Reid (LSU signee) not to get beat."

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