May 8, 2012

Signee update No. 2: Ronald Darby


This is part of a series of updates on FSU's 2012 recruiting class. Look
for stories on each member in the coming weeks.

Name: Ronald Darby

Major: Undecided
Arrival at
June 18

Roommate: Marvin Bracy

Jersey Number: 13

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 180
Not likley

Nickname: Nitro

FSU wanted at least one top notch corner for the 2012 class. Most experts didn't have the four-star CB Ronald Darby as a possibility early in the process and neither did Darby. He decommitted from Notre Dame in January and a month later on National Signing Day, picked Florida State over Clemson and Auburn.

"It was the coaches, players and FSU altogether that was the difference," said Darby. "The coaches didn't try to sell the program, but let the program sell itself with what they had to offer both on the football field and in track. That made a strong impression on me."

His attraction to the 'Noles magnified during the Under Armour All-American game in January. While there, he build friendship with Marvin Bracy and Jameis Winston - both of whom will be dual sport athletes at FSU. Who had the biggest influence on him?

"I would say both of those guys because they are two-sport stars. With Marvin it was easier because we share the same sports," noted Darby. "He understood what I was going through and basically told me the reasons why FSU was the best fit for him."

The talented tandem will have plenty of time to discuss who is faster - they will be roommates at FSU. Darby picked up the nickname "Nitro" in his freshman year in high school because after he takes those first three steps, he's gone like he's powered by nitro gas. He's a welcomed addition to the 'Noles track program.

"Coach [Bob] Braman is one of the top track coaches in the nation, and he was the only track coach who really talked to me and kept up with me. I want to keep running track because I know it's going to translate over to the football field. And if I fall short of the NFL then I want to be able to run track," Darby told

As far as first year goals, Darby is focused on putting himself in position to get into that rotation at FSU but that starts by learning by two of the best corners on the team in Xavier Rhodes and Greg Reid.

"The main thing for me is just learning that playbook and contributing in any way I can. I'm excited and I wish I could be out there right now," he said. "The good thing is I don't feel a ton of pressure because I'm learning from experienced players, so I can just play my game and learn the system. I'm ready for it."

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