June 25, 2010

Hawkeyes offer 2012 in-state prospect

The Hawkeye Football coaches aren't known for giving out scholarship offers to many junior prospects. When they do, Iowa fans should pay attention. This summer the early offer was handed out to Amara Darboh, a 2012 wide receiver prospect from Des Moines Dowling High School. Not only did Darboh pick up the offer from Iowa, but in-state rival Iowa State followed with one of their own shortly after.

According to Dowling Head Coach Tom Wilson, Darboh is still a bit raw when it comes to football, but he has plenty of potential.
"He is young, but he is a very physical kid. He is 6-foot-2 and about 200 pounds. He has run a 4.4 in the 40 and I think he is a raw prospect that Iowa and Iowa State see as someone who will be a good player," Wilson said.

Last season as a sophomore, Darboh caught 23 passes for 371 yards and a touchdown. But, Coach Wilson saw the talent and started calling Iowa assistant coach Reese Morgan and the courting process got started.

"He has been on their radar for a while," he said. "I have talked to Reese Morgan several times and they wanted him to come to their camp. He went to Iowa for their junior/senior day and then he was there this past weekend and they called me yesterday after their staff meeting and said they would like to offer him. He is excited about the offer."

A few hours later the phone rang again and this time it was Iowa State assistant Bobby Elliott, who also extended a scholarship offer.

"He was recently at Iowa State's camp too and they called shortly after Iowa called to offer and did the same."

With two offers from the only D1 schools in the state of Iowa on one day, the news might go to the head of a young prospect. That's not the case for Darboh, who was back to work as normal on Wednesday.

"He is a great kid and very humble," Wilson said. "He was in the weight room today working like he usually does. I think that is one of the things we have talked about is that hopefully this is just the beginning. Not that he is after a ton of offers, but with the offers come responsibility and it is up to him to meet those expectations and he is willing to do that."

More offers could be on the way shortly for the emerging 2012 prospect if he continues to impress at camps. On Friday he will head to Northwestern's camp with Dowling teammate Danny Hartlieb, the son of former Hawkeye Chuck Hartlieb. Then they will also be attending a camp at Notre Dame.

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