Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Tide's Darrah coming to JSU

If Alabama wins Thursday night's showdown with Texas, Jacksonville State will have a member of the previous year's national championship team on its roster for the third year in a row next season.

Alabama backup quarterback Thomas Darrah confirmed in Los Angeles that he committed to JSU last week and will be enrolling in school next week -- after the Tide returns from the West Coast.

“I committed to Jacksonville State last week,” Darrah told the Tuscaloosa News. “After this game I am going to head up to Jacksonville Saturday and we'll move in my stuff and I start school on Monday. I wanted to go ahead and finish out here because I've put a lot of time and effort in, and worked hard here. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity here.”

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound sophomore from Newnan, Ga., will have two years of eligibility with the Gamecocks.

The Star reported Darrah's interest in JSU last month, after his father told the newspaper Gamecocks coach Jack Crowe wanted his son to come there, but the player was reluctant to talk about his status while the Tide was involved in its postseason preparations.

"Talked to my PR guy and he told me to wait 'til after the SEC championship," the quarterback said in a text message at the time.

Over the last two seasons, the Gamecocks landed quarterback Ryan Perrilloux off 2008 national champion LSU and defensive lineman Torrey Davis off 2009 national champion Florida.

Perrilloux went on to have a two-year record-setting career for the Gamecocks. Davis played this past season and is considering entering the NFL draft.

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