Darboh Gets the Message

This spring has been busy enough for West Des Moines (IA) Dowling HS wide receiver Amara Darboh with his quest to win a state track and field championship. It's been even busier with the amount of college coaches that have been coming into his high school, like Wisconsin, to take a closer look.

MADISON - Being one of the top wide receivers in the upper Midwest, there's usually no rest for the weary Amara Darboh.

Not only fighting a cold in the midst of competing for a state track and field title in the 4x100, 4x200 and the sprint medley for West Des Moines (IA) Dowling HS, Darboh has had to entire many of the top programs throughout the Midwest and the country coming to his high school.

"It's been a lot this spring," Darboh told Badger Nation. "A lot of people have been coming to school, telling me about their program and I am trying to find out more about their program and establish a good relationship. I've been trying to sort out seeing which schools I can see myself going to and which schools I fit in the best."

Holding offers from Florida, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Texas, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin, it's been a steady stream of college visitors for the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Darboh, rated a four-star prospect and the 25th-best receiver in the country by Scout.com.

"Most of the schools that have offered me have come in to visit, schools like Iowa, Iowa State, Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Kansas," Darboh said. "It's hard to tell which schools I like because on every visit I go to, the coaches are doing their job, taking the time to treat me well and tell me the things that I want to hear."

Darboh has been receiving the same message from Wisconsin ever since he visited Madison for Wisconsin spring game. Being recruited by wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander and co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash, Darboh was impressed by the campus, and is being told that he could come in and compete right away for the top receiving job.

"They've talked to me a lot about playing time," Darboh said. "With Nick Toon leaving after this year, they don't have a set No.1 receiver and they're saying that could fit me. They're also telling me how a good running game is a passing games' best friend because it would put me in a lot of single coverages. They've sold that to me along with the campus and the academics.

"Wisconsin also told me that they have a four-star quarterback coming in (Bart Houston) that's pretty good, so that is impressive."

Each school, according to Darboh, has a little bit different message for him. When the coaches from Florida came to visit, the message is more about the school sending a lot of players to the NFL and playing in great weather in the SEC.

"They've told me that I am a big receiver and that they need more of those," Darboh said.

Darboh fits that billing, recording nearly 50 catches in 2010, racking up 648 yards and six touchdowns as he led his team to the Iowa State 4A championship. Having only visited Iowa State, Notre Dame and Wisconsin, Darboh will spend the spring taking a closer look at more schools.

"I am going to take some more visits and talk to my coaches, guardians and everybody who is helping me out with this so I can get a full understanding of the whole thing," Darboh said. "After that, I will start shortening my list."

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