February 01, 2012
One-time Notre Dame commit and four-star cornerback Ronald Darby selected Florida State on Wednesday, helping an already-strong Seminole class surge even more.
Darby, ranked the No. 2 cornerback in the nation, was rumored to be a Florida State lean for some time leading up to his commitment to Jimbo Fisher's program. Those rumors turned out to be correct as Darby's Wednesday decision proved.
"Clemson tried to make a run but he weighed his options and felt he could come in and play early and play nickel right away at Florida State" said Potomac assistant coach Donnell Douglas. "He also figured he and Marvin Bracy could be a great 1-2 punch in the return game as well. He fell in love with the coaches, the facilities and likes the track coach and that program there. In the end it came down to Clemson and Florida State to be honest."
The four-star corner visited Notre Dame and Maryland early in the college football season. Late in 2011 he took a trip to Auburn and he finished with officials to Florida State and Clemson. His last trip was to Clemson but the Tigers weren't able to overtake Florida State, a school that had already firmly established itself as a frontrunner.
"He was a little torn over it the last few days," said Douglas. "But he kept coming back to Florida State."
Darby respected the fact that Florida State backed off after his commitment to Notre Dame and that's something that ultimately ended up helping the school. He has also bonded with the school's other commitments and the coaching staff's track record convinced him that they would know how to use his skill set.
- Mike Farrell, Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst