National signing day 2012: Florida State poised to land Eddie Goldman, Ron Darby

January 31, 2012

Florida State appears poised to land two of the area’s top uncommitted football recruits, with Friendship Collegiate defensive lineman Eddie Goldman and Potomac (Md.) cornerback Ron Darby leaning toward signing with the Seminoles on Wednesday.

[UPDATE: Goldman did, in fact, commit to Florida State. More details here.]

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Darby also is considering scholarship offers from Clemson and Auburn.

Wednesday is the first day seniors are able to sign binding national letters-of-intent.

Meantime, the region’s other top uncommitted player, All-Met Defensive Player of the Year Stefon Diggs of Good Counsel, plans to wait until Feb. 10 to sign his scholarship papers. Diggs visited Ohio State this past weekend and is scheduled to visit Maryland this weekend. It is believed that Florida is his most likely choice, though Auburn also remains under consideration.

Centreville two-time All-Met defensive end Ken Ekanem, who has yet to announce his intentions, is expected to sign with Virginia Tech. [UPDATE: Ekanem is a Hokie.]

While most of the region’s top players already announced their college plans, it appears Florida State is on the verge of landing two of the top remaining recruiting prizes.

Goldman had narrowed his choices down to Alabama, Auburn and Florida State, but the Seminoles, long considered a favorite, have emerged as his likely choice. Coach Jimbo Fisher visited Friendship Collegiate in the past week and had an in-home visit with Goldman and his family.

With Darby, the Seminoles have come on late. A national-caliber sprinter, he had committed to Notre Dame in April before later deciding to consider other scholarship offers. He had grown weary of attention in recent weeks, refusing interview requests and trying to maintain a low profile. Darby is scheduled to announce his college choice at 2:30, also on ESPNU.

“I’ve left him alone,” Potomac Coach Ronnie Crump said. “I really don’t know where he’s going to go.”

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