In every recruiting cycle, there are highly-touted players that don’t quite pan out, and there are under-recruited prospects that prove to be diamonds in the rough. On Wednesday, the Oklahoma Sooners may have just landed the latter with three-star WR Brian Darby signing his National Letter of Intent for the Crimson & Cream.
If Darby has indeed been flying under the radar this entire cycle, OU fans are in for a real treat when his time finally does come on Owen Field. Currently, the College Station product is rated as the No. 123 recruit in the state of Texas, the No. 140 WR and the No. 941 player overall nationally. He also held offers from Arizona, Kansas State and Utah among others.
Now don’t let the rankings mislead you before you watch the tape. Darby is a hybrid athlete coming to OU by way of A&M Consolidated, however, in this case hybrid doesn’t mean two-way player. Rather, the 5’11”, 192 pound playmaker split reps almost equally at receiver and running back, and it shows in his style of play when he’s catching the ball. He’s an extremely physical receiver that plays like he wants contact if only to humiliate his opponents even further. He also runs with great balance and awareness. His acceleration and top end speed aren’t elite by collegiate standards, but he can still carve out a role as a possession type of player without blazing speed. Time will tell how his career at Oklahoma shapes up, but there’s definitely a lot of potential with Darby.
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