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Speedster Holds Offers Before First Varsity Snap

Ron Darby is only a few days into his first preseason with the Potomac (Md.) varsity football team. But while the rising sophomore running back's only high school experience is on the Oxon Hill school's junior varsity, Darby already has some college options.

Darby, who is 5 feet 10 and 175 pounds, was timed in 4.34 seconds in the 40-yard dash in the Prince George's coaches combine and followed that up with a 4.36 at Maryland's one-day camp this summer, leading to his first scholarship offer.

"I sat in there with [Coach Ralph Friedgen] when they gave him a verbal offer," Potomac Coach Chris Davidson said. "Then he went down to UNC and they gave him an offer as well. They called him Mister Tar Heel, if that shows you what they think of him."

NCAA rules stipulate that schools can make only non-binding, verbal scholarship offers until Sept. 1 of a prospect's junior year.

Davidson said that with two talented seniors on last season's team, there was no thought given to moving Darby up to the varsity. Darby had a successful track season in the spring, finishing second in the Maryland 3A 100-yard dash. His increased speed led Davidson to bring Darby with rising senior Devonta Tabannah to Maryland.

"We took Tabannah up there because we were under the assumption he was going to get an offer," Davidson said. "It's a tough situation. You take your best player up there and he doesn't get an offer. It's not a bad thing, but it's not what we expected."

Tabannah, who will play quarterback and defensive back this fall, holds offers from Akron, James Madison, Towson, Maine, Monmouth, Delaware State and Morgan State.

By Josh Barr  | August 18, 2009; 2:16 PM ET
Categories:  Football  | Tags:  Maryland, North Carolina, Potomac (Md.), Ron Darby  
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Darby, will eventually sign with North Carolina.

Maryland will finish with a 2-10 record.

Maryland's defensive line and linebacker corps are a joke --- no pass rush whatsoever and give up a ton of long yardage plays.

I have seen harder hitting teams in powder puff leagues.

The only hard hits the Terps make - are out of bound plays - which cost them an additional 15 yards - which are quite frequent.

California's running back - Best - will gain 296 yards in the opening game

I love it, when Maryland constantly gets embarrassed on national TV.


California -- 56
Maryland -- 10

It's hilarious to see Maryland win a game - and the very next week get clobbered by a Virginia Tech - Boston College.

It is great to see Maryland go down to a crushing defeat on the football recruiting front (the kids they have received commitments from - are a joke! - taking the bottom of the barrel)

Carolina Blue - Carolina WHITE - Go Tar Heels - Let's go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | August 20, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Nothing wrong with having an opinion hclark1, but at least know something about what your talking about. I'm glad you support Carolina, like when they lost to Maryland at home last year, or when Maryland held Jahvid Best to his season-low rushing performance last year. You might be right they may not be as good this year, but don't just post a comment, make some sense and have your facts right to back it least your not a Duke fan!


Posted by: Jsac024 | August 21, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

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