Cross a strong senior back

Much of the talk about Rowan County High (Ky.) has centered on junior quarterback Adam Wing, but senior running back Darrell Cross is one of the most valuable players on the roster.

Much of the talk about Rowan County High (Ky.) has centered on junior quarterback Adam Wing, but senior running back Darrell Cross is one of the most valuable players on the roster.

Darrell Cross is clearly one of Kentucky's best running backs and it appears with the attention he's received that colleges agree.

"I'm looking at Kentucky. Kentucky is a big choice of mine right now. I'm looking at West Virginia and Cincinnati. Tennessee, Marshall and a few other places," said Cross. "I like the Big East schools like Rutgers. I like some places in Ohio too," said Cross.

When it comes to offers, Cross isn't sure at this point. "My dad handles that. He just tells me to keep working on my game," said Cross.

Cross's game is already a very good one. Cross is 5-foot-9, 185-pounds with great moves with the ball in his hand. He also has strong breakaway speed.

"I think that I'm good in the open field. I think on special teams, I'm good. I'm good at returning punts and kickoffs," he said. "I read my blocks well and I have good open field speed. I can run up the middle, outside, or whatever. I'm just dangerous with the ball in my hands," he continued.

Cross knows that even with his honed skills, he plenty of areas to improve to get to where he wants to be.

"I want to become a better leader. I want to become a better blocker and a better overall player in everything. I don't think you can be too good at one thing. I can always get better," he said.

As a junior, Cross had 1621 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also returned three kickoffs and three punts for touchdowns. "I was pretty confident in the way I played," said Cross. "I had a pretty good season," he finished.

An injury held him back a little from participating in all the events he had planned for the off season.

"I went to Kentucky and I went to Marshall. At the end of this past year, I hurt my hamstring. So that kept me out of a lot of different things. I was supposed to go to Ohio State, Cincinnati and West Virginia," said Cross.

For now the coaches will have to settle on watching him play for Rowan County during his senior year.

"I want to play at a school that just fits me. I'm not going to go to a university and not expect to play early. If had an offer from somewhere that I wasn't expected to play in my freshman or sophomore year, I wouldn't consider it," he said. "Location is big too. I don't want to go too far way from home, but I do want to get away a little. I just want to find a school that fits me all-around and has a good education," he finished.

Darrell Cross


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