Auburn senior-to-be Baily Darnell didn't have a Division I scholarship offer until he arrived at South Dakota State on June 11. His performance at the Jackrabbits prospect camp changed that.
"Their coaches are great, their whole staff is nice and their facilities are awesome," he said. "I really enjoyed the camp and learning from their coaches, it is a special place."
South Dakota State is recruiting the 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete as either a safety or outside linebacker. His lead recruiter is Jackrabbits recruiting coordinator/defensive back coach Dan Jackson. Other schools are recruiting him as a wide receiver and running back.
"I'm going to be staying in touch with coach Jackson and will probably go up there for a game in the fall," Darnell said.
Darnell attended Nebraska's Friday Night Lights camp on Friday and has been in contact with Nebraska running back coach Ryan Held. South Dakota, Northern Iowa and Wyoming are the other schools in contact with him the most. He is planning a trip to Wyoming's home opener on August 25.
Darnell also holds scholarship offers from Division II schools Augustana, Sioux Falls, Bemidji State and Wayne State.
He is new to the recruiting process and with his Division I offer things are moving quickly.
"All of the recruiting stuff is moving fast," he said. "This is my first year going to camps and experiencing what that is like. It is fast confusing and fun. I like getting to know all of the different coaches and it's exciting. It gets easier as you go once you get though it."
Darnell knows he needs to get bigger and stronger this offseason to play at a higher level.
"Getting up field better and being more explosive along with putting one foot in the ground and going instead of rounding it off is something I'm trying to do," he said. "I need to just put my foot in the ground and go."
He isn't in a hurry to make a decision and will wait for the season to play out before choosing a school.
"I will wait and see what offers come my way and maybe some coaches can see my film or see me play in person."
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