Bing ready for final stretch

<b>Darnell Bing</b> is a 6-3, 215-pound safety prospect from Long Beach, California, considered by many to be the top safety prospect in the West and perhaps the country. He did nothing to diminish those thoughts from the experts, as he put in a solid performance for the California squad in a 34-24 defeat at the hands of those pesky Florida prepsters this past week.

"I felt we did pretty good but Florida made some big plays, and that was the difference," Darnell said. "They had great team speed."

And his own play? Bing is modest in his own appraisal. "I think I did pretty good," he said. "I was all over the field, just trying to make plays."

Bing mentioned a few of his Cali cohorts that stood out among the pack. "Aaron Miller stood out," he said. "He had a bunch of tips. Jarrad Page too. He batted down some balls, especially one that was going to be a touchdown. Dallas Sartz had an interception on the first play to get us a touchdown, which really helped. Ricky Miller stood out. He made a lot of plays. And the whole d-line played well."

Overall, Darnell wouldn't have traded this week for any other. He enjoyed the whole CaliFlorida experience. "I had a great time," he said. "I think the highlight was getting a chance to go to the Ronald McDonald House. Kids stay there who are pretty sick. We signed a bunch of balls and hats for them. I had a great time while I was there."

And now that football is over for awhile? "All I'm going to do is run track," he said, matter-of-factly. He'll do the 200, 4x100 and 4x400 events for the Jackrabbits. His personal best in the 200 is 22.3.

On the recruiting front, Bing is down to 5 schools, all of them on the West Coast. "Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State and USC," he said. "The main reason I've picked those schools is because I feel I can come in right away as a freshman and play. That's the most important thing to me."

He'll be tripping to USC on January 11th, Oregon the 18th and Oregon State on the 25th. When asked about a leader or even a couple of favorites, Darnell was keen on not tipping his hat and will decide on signing day.

Even thought he wasn't disclosing his own intentions, Darnell shared some insight into the future plans of some of his talented teammates. "Well, at one time we talked about all going to the same school, but we all have different interests. Manual (Wright) and Winston (Justice) like the East Coast right now for some reason, while Hershel (Dennis) is more of a West Coast guy." Top Stories