After being committed to Notre Dame since April, top cornerback prospect Ronald Darby has decided to open his college decision-making process back up. He already made official visits to Auburn, Maryland and Notre Dame, but he just listed Florida, Florida State, Clemson and LSU as other possible choices.
If he decided to play his college ball for the LSU Tigers, both parties would come away really happy.
Here are three reasons why he should go to Baton Rouge.
It’s no secret that the SEC is college football’s best conference. They have won the past six national championship, and there’s no reason to assume that will change in the near future with so many teams looking so good.
If you stand out there, you will stand out to the country as well as to NFL scouts. You get tested week in and week out, and there are few more passionate fanbases than the ones in the South, with LSU right at the top of that list. If you play ball in the SEC, things go really well for you.
Since 2005, five defensive backs have been taken from LSU in the NFL draft, including three in the first two rounds. Morris Claiborne will be gone in the top five this year, and Tyrann Mathieu is expected to go in the first round next year. And then there are the safeties who should also get drafted.
If you want to play football in the best conference in the country and then get drafted, you should go to Baton Rouge. It’s really that simple.
Why anyone would not want a chance to play for a national championship is beyond me, and it certainly seems as though Darby is interested in playing and winning one. At the bare minimum, LSU will be in the title hunt next season and is recruiting its way to playing for one year in and year out.
Top quarterback Gunner Kiel has committed to the Tigers, who would have the fifth-best 2012 recruiting class if everyone signed tomorrow. In his short career in Baton Rouge, Les Miles has already been in two national championship games. As crazy as it might sound, odds are that he gets back there in the next four years.
There’s really no reason why Ronald Darby shouldn’t sign up to play for him.