LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - After an unofficial visit to Notre Dame in April, Oxon Hill (Md.) Potomac cornerback Ronald Darby pledged to Notre Dame. He talks about why he went ahead with that early decision.
"It was one of my early favorites," Darby said. "They were my first real visit. I just really liked it when I went there. They impressed me a lot. That is why I decided to commit to them so early on."
Since making that decision, the four-star defensive back has visited Notre Dame officially, as well as a pair of other schools.
"I have been to Auburn and Maryland since then," Darby said.
The 5-foot-11, 172-pound Rivals100 prospect talked about his trip to Auburn in November.
"Auburn has great facilities and they have great coaches," Darby said. "The area that they are in is good. They are in the SEC which is good. I just really liked the coaches there. It stood out to me."
Prior to that, he had made his way to Maryland in October.
"I couldn't ignore the local school. I had to show my hometown school some interest," Darby said. "They have great coaches there, Coach (Randy) Edsall is a great man."
Next up for Darby is an official visit to Clemson, which is scheduled for the weekend of January 13th.
"I have been dealing with Coach (Jeff) Scott there," Darby said. "He is a great guy. He just speaks the truth. He says that he loves his players. They stand out to me because how they like to let their younger players play early. They have great facilities. I just like them a lot."
Before National Signing Day, Darby said he is likely to take his fifth and final official visit. The destination remains up in the air.
"It will probably be either Florida or USC," Darby said. "I haven't made a decision on which one I will visit."
Darby reiterated that he remains a firm commitment to the Irish despite his visits.