The biggest game of the college football season is tonight, but Alabama and LSU didn’t get to where they are now without doing some serious recruiting along the way.
One of the top cornerback prospects in this year’s class, Ronald Darby, made official what many people had suspected: he has reopened his commitment from Notre Dame. He has already made official visits to the Irish, Auburn and Maryland, and he should have another one to Clemson in the coming weeks, though he is now unsure of that.
When asked about what other schools are now in the running, Darby added Florida, Florida State and LSU to the aforementioned schools. He did make it a point to say that Notre Dame is still in the running, though his relationship with the school has changed in the past few months.
Playing and winning a national championship is one of the biggest draws a school can have, so would a win in tonight’s game be enough to land one of the top recruits in the country?
As it is with just about every recruiting story, maybe.
When talking about college football recruiting, people have to remember that the kids we are talking about are still, in fact, kids. Some of them aren’t even 18 yet. When a person that young gets thrust into the media’s spotlight, anything and everything can happen. Tee Sheppard, for example, will apparently pick between Notre Dame and USC by drawing a name out of a hat!
Being the unanimous best team in football, which LSU would be if it wins tonight, will obviously be a huge plus for anyone. Who wouldn’t want to play for the national title?
At this point, it all comes down to official visits and where Darby will feel most comfortable. Les Miles has been able to get a plethora of recruits to come to Baton Rouge, and with guys like Patrick Petersen, Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu coming through the program, the Tigers are starting to look like a cornerback factory.
While I don’t think the outcome of a single game will affect a player’s decision that drastically, it very well could for Ronald Darby.