September 20, 2011

Michigan near the top for Darboh

West Des Moines (Iowa) Dowling Catholic wide receiver Amara Darboh canceled his visit to Michigan for their season opener against Western Michigan. His high school coach Tom Wilson insists that it was a scheduling issue rather than a lack of interest that led to the cancellation.

"Part of the problem - especially with Michigan - is their schedule as it relates to our schedule," Wilson said. "There's nothing to be read into [the lack of a visit]."

Dowling Catholic's game and practice schedules have prevented Darboh from seeing most of the schools he's interested in. Notre Dame and Florida are having the same schedule problems as Michigan. The other two schools rounding out Darboh's top five are Iowa and Wisconsin. He has had the chance to visit them in the early part of the 2011 season, including Iowa's comebac victory over Pittsburgh last weekend.

Darboh's visits to his final three suitors likely won't come until after Dowling Catholic's season ends. His current plans include a trip to Michigan for the Wolverines' game against Nebraska, or possibly the following week against Ohio State. That will be his official visit, but it won't be his first time in Ann Arbor. He took a trip to see Michigan in July and came away impressed.

His basketball coach is just one strong connection that Darboh has to the Michigan program. Wilson has one of his own, as well. He was on the Ball State University coaching staff with Michigan's defensive backs coach Curt Mallory in the late 1990s.

On the return trip to Ann Arbor, Darboh will be accompanied by his legal guardians. They haven't had a chance to see Michigan yet, and Darboh wants to show them what he saw on his unofficial visit.

According to Wilson, a college commitment from Darboh is expected to come this fall. Once he completes his official visits, he will have all the information he needs to make his final choice.

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