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Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 02/01/2012

National signing day 2012: Potomac RB-DB Ronald Darby commits to Florida State

Ronald Darby / Potomac RB-DB / 5-foot-11, 180 pounds / Statistics

As expected, Potomac (Md.) cornerback Ronald Darby signed a letter-of-intent to play for Florida State.

Darby had committed to Notre Dame in April but continued to evaluate other options and decommitted in early January. He eventually narrowed his options to the Seminoles, Clemson and Auburn.

“I liked the home feeling at Clemson, I liked the home feeling at Auburn and I liked the home feeling at Florida State, but I had to look past the red carpet treatment and look at the program that could better me as a person,” Darby said. The difference was “the young talent they have going and the need for DBs. They played a safety at cornerback in the Champs Bowl.”

Regarded as one of the nation’s top high school sprinters, Darby is also considered to be one of the country’s top football recruits. While he has earned repeat All-Met honors in track, Darby has made it clear that he is a football player first. Darby initially committed to Notre Dame last spring, but reconsidered and reopened his recruitment.

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By Washington Post sports editors  |  02:59 PM ET, 02/01/2012

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