Catching Up With Darren Carrington

Oregon verbal commit and San Diego (Calif.) wide receiver Darren Carrington is one of the jewels of the Ducks recruiting class. Standing 6-3 and mixing a blend of acrobatic playmaking ability with agility, he could be the big play receiver that the Ducks have yearned for. Plus, he is Oregon's only wide receiver commit thus far from the class of 2013.

Carrington committed to Oregon over the summer and his since bonded with commits Chris Seisay, Dontre Wilson and San Diego-based twins Tyree and Tyrell Robinson through phone conversations about what their class can accomplish in Eugene. Carrington wants to make an impact immediately.

"I'll help wherever help is needed," Carrington said. "I'm coming in ready to buy into the program and ready to play."

Given that Horizon Jr. Sr. High School's roster has under thirty kids according to Carrington, he sees plenty of playing time. Their record is 6-3, and he said that though the roster "has had its ups and downs", he's particularly proud of how they've overcome adversity against bigger schools. With virtually no rest by playing offense, defense, and special teams, he's a bit ahead of the curve when it comes to catching up to the Ducks intense pace.

"I love it," he said. "It's a very high intensity when we practice."

All of that time has helped Carrington grow as a player both physically and mentally. The son of a former NFL safety, he knows that once he arrives at Oregon he'll need to have both in check. "I want to make sure my maturity is at an all time high," he said.

Carrington's work was recognized recently when he was selected to play at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in January. As he continues his path, he hopes to add the U.S. Army All-American Game to that list as well.

"It's very exciting," Carrington said of the selection. "It's a dream come true."

At Oregon, he hopes to enroll in the business school and major in sports marketing. He said that while the football aspects – the Autzen environment, the uniforms – are attractive, it was the campus that he could relate to the most.

"It seemed like it was very chill, and I'm a chill, mellow person," he said. "But, I'm always ready to train."

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