July 18, 2012
Darby's Day to play football for Illinois
Hilliard Darby senior Caleb Day will be going to a Big Ten school after all -- it just won't be at Ohio State.
Among the scholarships offered by the Buckeyes under 2011 interim coach Luke Fickell was to Day, but it's not clear whether that interest continued under the new regime headed by Urban Meyer.
All accounts are that Day received several other Division I offers, with schools such as Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Cincinnati, Indiana and Purdue among those who showed interest, but Day inevitably verbally committed to play for Illinois on June 21 according to Panthers coach John Santagata.
A 6-foot, 188-pounder who played running back and wide receiver on offense and returned punts and kicks last season for Darby, Day is considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com for his abilities in the defensive backfield.
His athleticism has been a big plus in his recruiting process: He finished 11th in the state in the 110 hurdles as Darby's only state qualifier.
Day's numbers last year on offense (19 catches) and defense (23 tackles, six pass breakups) weren't necessarily exceptional, but he did make first-team all-district on defense. It will be interesting to see if he takes a big step forward this fall.
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