Dargan Back in the Swing of Things

After being sidelined with an injury, Pittsburg (Calif.) safety Erick Dargan is back on the field, while keeping up with his recruitment, which includes two more trips left to take...

Healed up and back from a knee injury that threatened to rob him of his senior season, Pittsburg (Calif.) safety Erick Dargan (6-1, 200) and his Pirate teammates head into the CIF-NCS semifinals this weekend.

For the four-star Dargan, it will be his third game back after missing the majority of the season with a torn MCL.

Dargan, who has double-digit offers, was still active in his recruitment during the injury.

"It didn't die down, I kept in contact with pretty much everyone," said Dargan. "And it's been going good too."

Dargan has already visited Washington State, Oregon and Arizona State officially, and he's got four schools posturing for his final two visits.

"I'm deciding between UCLA, Washington, Arizona and Utah," said Dargan. "I might take one before our season is over and then the other when the season is done."

Throughout his recruitment, Dargan has played it close to the vest, never revealing a leader.

Despite the trips, he stills maintains that all seven schools are in the mix.

"I don't have a leader," said Dargan. "Everyone is in it. I have some schools that are talking about coming in for the in-home visits, so we'll do those."

Dargan is also in no rush to decide where he's going to spend the next 4-5 years.

"I'll decide in the next two months, but I'm not close to deciding yet," said Dargan.

Dargan said he was encouraged by the recruiting process when he was out.

"It kind of took my mind off being injured a little, knowing that schools still wanted me and that I was going to have a chance coming back," said Dargan. "I wasn't being pressured to make an early decision either. I'm enjoying it, but I'm kind of a little anxious to get it over with."

Washington State has commitments from two of his teammates, Tracy Clark and Robert Jiles, and while Dargan said the Cougars are very much a factor, he's not getting the press from his teammates.

"Not at all," said Dargan. "They aren't really pressuring me at all."

For the past few weeks, though, Dargan's focus has been on his return to the field.

"I knew we'd make the playoffs, and have a chance to go back to the NCS. I had faith in my team. It was just something that I wanted to do, to get back and play my senior season," said Dargan. "There has been a lot of rehab. I just wanted to come back and play. I actually only played defense the last two games, and the last one, I ended up with a pick. I thought I played real good. Knowing we were winning made sitting out easier, because I knew pretty much, when we had the whole team back together, we'd keep on doing it."

Against Washington in the semifinals, he'll be returning to his role on both sides of the ball.

"I'm ready to go all the way and I'm going to play offense against Washington," said Dargan. "We're trying to get back to the NCS championship again. Before we all go our separate ways, we want to do something we weren't able to accomplish last year."

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