Posted by Bryan Fischer
Notre Dame added to an already stellar defensive back class Saturday with an impressive recruiting haul on the same day as the annual Blue and Gold Spring Game.
Headlining the trio of commitments the Irish picked up is Oxon Hill (Md.) athlete Ronald Darby. The 6-foot, 170 pound Darby is one of the fastest players in the country and held an offer from Notre Dame for quite some time. It wasn't until stepping foot on campus this weekend until everything just clicked.
“I had all my questions answered," Darby told Scout. "All the things I wanted to do on this trip I did. I got to get a good feel for the campus. They have so many great fans that already knew so much about me. They were asking for pictures and autographs. It was crazy. I was able to see how the teachers and coaches are there. They care about the students and the players. It is a special place that will take care of me for the next fifty years not just the next four."
Darby is the second ranked athlete in the class of 2012 according to CBSSports/MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming and the 26th best player overall in the class. Able to make an impact at either safety or as a slot receiver, Darby will likely suit up on the defensive side of the ball in South Bend.
“The Notre Dame fans can expect me to give 150,000%," he said. "I want to be an early enrollee. I will be a student-athlete. I will be strong in the classroom and a playmaker on the field.”
Joining him in the secondary is another talented athlete in Spring (Texas) quarterback Nicky Baratti.
“I am really excited. I saw that Ronald Darby made his commitment before the game,” Baratti told Scout. “I was going to wait until after the game, but I went ahead and said let me get this off my chest.”
Baratti played safety as a sophomore before flipping over to offense and playing quarterback for his high school team. The 6-foot-2, 210 pound athlete held offers from Arizona State, Texas Tech and Mississippi State among others.
“I really found the right spot for me at Notre Dame," he said. "It is everything I expected it to be so I wanted to get this decision out of the way and commit."
The Irish also brought on Downers Grove (Ill.) long snapper Scott Daly.
The trio gives Notre Dame five commitments for the class of 2012.