As has become somewhat of a norm in the world of college football recruiting, elite cornerback Ronald Darby de-committed from Notre Dame and is now back on the market. It was widely suspected that this would be coming after he visited Auburn for the Iron Bowl, which was well after he committed to the Irish back in the spring.
But there is still a chance that he winds up in South Bend. He doesn’t hate Notre Dame. “He still likes them,” said his high school coach. “I just think he actually wanted to make sure if there was anything out there better than Notre Dame, or if Notre Dame wasn’t the place he wanted to be…he wanted to make the right decision.”
Darby has already visited the Irish as well as Maryland, though the Terrapins have since been eliminated from his list. His coach believes that the top three schools are Auburn, Florida State and LSU with Notre Dame and Clemson in contention.
An official visit was scheduled this weekend to Clemson, but those plans have fallen through. He may visit Florida State instead, but those plans aren’t set in stone.
At the moment, it would appear that Auburn is in the lead simply because it is the one school in his perceived top three that he visited. “The visit went great,” Darby said. “The atmosphere was crazy with the fans. It was a real good visit.”
With the season over, he won’t get a chance to experience a game at either Florida State or LSU, which could put them behind the eight-ball.
He would also like to run track at whatever school he attends, and it remains unknown which schools would allow him to do that. With National Signing Day rapidly approaching, expect a lot more news to come soon about Darby’s upcoming visits.