One of the best running backs from the Los Angeles area for the class of 2009 will be Marcus Darden (5-9, 175, 4.5) from Compton (Calif.) Dominguez. He already has two offers on the table one of them from one of the West's hottest teams.
Darden has offers on the table from Arizona State and Ole Miss. He is getting a lot of mail from Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, LSU, Tennessee, and UConn.
In eight games this season, Darden has over 600 yards and nine touchdowns while sharing the rock.
Darden also started as a sophomore and rushed for 1,000 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. He earned all-state (HM) for his sophomore season.
Now Darden has added safety to his resume as he has been playing both ways for the last three weeks.
What is the secret to Darden's success?
"I work hard in practice and I will do whatever it takes to get better," Darden said. "I want to play one day in the NFL.
Did Darden have a favorite team growing up?
"I always liked the Texas Longhorns," Darden said. "I like their colors and I always liked to watch the Longhorns play.
Darden has been compared to other compact backs because of his great feet, vision and balance. The problem is he didn't remember the names were.
"I don't too much about comparisons," Darden said. "I've been told that I play like certain players, but I can't remember who.
"I don't worry too much about that stuff," Darden said. "I just play ball."
Darden's four-star teammate, cornerback Aaron Hester, sure remembers who the comparisons were.
"Marcus runs a lot like Barry Sanders and Maurice Drew," Hester said. "I have played with a lot of great backs and Marcus is the best of them.
"Marcus has made some the greatest runs I have ever seen," Hester said. "He's really hard to tackle.