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.
| August 18, 2009; 2:16 PM ET
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