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October 6, 2011

InsideMDSports: Terps working on Irish recruit


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After making an early commitment to Notre Dame, Potomac cornerback Ronald Darby has continued to evaluate his options. The fastest prospect in the entire 2012 class, he’s been peppered with phone calls from reporters and recruits since early this past summer, so he’s understandably become somewhat reserved when talking about the recruiting process.

We did, however, catch up with Darby briefly Monday night to chat about where he stands. Darby visited Maryland for the season opener against Miami and said he plans to attend at least another Maryland game sometime this fall. Is he still committed to Notre Dame?

“Yeah,” he said, “as of right now.”

The prized defensive back, rated the No. 6 cornerback and No. 66 player in the Class of 2012, said a few schools continue to attempt to pry him from the Irish.

“I hear from Maryland, Florida and Auburn. I’m not sure right now though,” he said.

The 5-foot-11, 174-pound local is being recruited to Maryland by assistant coach Lee Hull.

“He’s just been telling me they’ve got a good program and that I should come there and represent my home state,” he said.

Darby said he’s unsure where he may visit during the remainder of the fall and doesn’t know when he’ll decide on his college future. It’s safe to say Maryland’s staff will continue to pursue him – not only is he a top-100 prospect, but one at a position of need for the Terps – but at least for now, he’s playing it close to the vest.

-- Story by Jeff Ermann

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Posted by Matt Bracken at 8:50 AM | | Comments (7)


I didn't think school were supposed to continue recruiting players who had already committed?


Andrew: I think lots of schools continue pursuing committed prospects. Once the letter of intent is signed in February, however, recruiting stops for good. -- Matt

They are alowwed to recruit them until a letter of intent is signed. After that, they cant but if theyre only on a verbal commitment, theyre still fair game.

Could anyone shed some light on Torian Graham? The word is he tweeted a decision is coming soon and followed that with a tweet about maryland. I am curious as to if this means something good.

As a big Irish fan I can tell you Darby is a solid commit. Anything is possible though

Get Will Yeatman, former Irish Terp, to talk to him.

I like Edsall's "God first, family second, academics third, football fourth and social fifth" philosophy. It would be great if Darby sees the Maryland pride in that too. Big East football is sure not what it used to be.

God before family? Can't see playing for a coach who expects one to place his God before his family. Too controlling.

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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