February 1, 2012; Oxon Hill, MD, USA; Potomac High School football recruit Ronald Darby makes his announcement and intent to sign with the Florida State Seminoles on national signing day at Potomac High School. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State Player Profile: Ronald Darby

Name: Ronald Darby

Eligibility: Sophomore

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 189 lbs

Position: Defensive Back

Twitter Handle: Unknown (Mr. Ronald Darby, void of social media)

2012 Season Stats: 22 total tackles, eight pass breakups and a forced fumble.


Prognostication: Ronald Darby came to the program with humorously high expectations. What ended up being not funny, however, was his ability to play the game of football at a high-level. Darby ended up being the freshman who saw the most snaps on the defensive side of the ball for the Florida State Seminoles. He is a likely starter going into the 2013-14 season and there is really no reason to think he will be anything other than a future NFL-caliber player sooner rather than later.

Strengths: Darby was billed as one of the fastest recruits coming out of high school and he hasn’t failed to live up to the hype. While he was thought to be a prototypical shutdown type of corner coming into the program, Darby has shown the ability to mix it up as well. Granted, it was not to the extent of a linebacker or anything, but enough to keep opposing defensive coordinators honest and preventing them from thinking running at him was a good idea. He ended the season earning All-American Freshmen honors and ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year awards.  Basically, the sky is the limit for Ronald Darby. Well, not literally, that would be kind of dangerous.

Weaknesses: If Ronald Darby has a weakness, please, someone let me know. I kid. Obviously there are some aspects of his game that need work. To be fair, though, most of that will come with experience that comes from getting more time on the field. I supposes — if you want to nitpick at his game — you can point out that he could afford to put on a few extra pounds.

Super, Random Ronald Darby Bonus Fact: I am clearly high on the kid, therefore, I would like to leave you with the interesting fact that he played kicker for his high school team.



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