Solon’s Baldwin ready to make an impact in Columbus – literally

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Solon DE Darryl Baldwin

“I think once I get down there it’ll feel pretty comfortable since I’m
from Ohio and I’ve been around some of these people my whole life,”
Solon senior Darryl Baldwin said. “And I just expect it to be absolutely crazy on game days
because I’ve been down there a couple of games and every single time…I can’t even hear myself talk to the person next to me. I
can’t wait.”


EDITOR’S NOTE – This excerpt is reprinted from the February 2010 edition of Bucknuts The Magazine.

With national signing day just around the corner, defensive end Darryl Baldwin of Solon High School took some time to talk about his future at Ohio State.

“It’s pretty exciting and I’m kind of nervous,” said Baldwin, who went on to explain his reason for having any such anxiety. “It’s just that I’ll officially be a Buckeye and everything is finally done now.”

Although basketball was his first love, Baldwin earned a scholarship to Ohio State for his exploits on the gridiron as a Comet.

“I just can’t wait to start playing football again,” said Baldwin, whose football Comets were eliminated in the Regional Finals by Glenville, 28-27. “It feels like it’s been forever since I played and I just really want to play again.”

Of course excitement and anticipation go hand-in-hand with those feelings of nervousness and anxiety for Baldwin with regard to him becoming a Buckeye.

“I think once I get down there it’ll feel pretty comfortable since I’m from Ohio and I’ve been around some of these people my whole life,” Baldwin said. “And I just expect it to be absolutely crazy on game days because I’ve been down there a couple of games and every single time I go down there I can’t even hear myself talk to the person next to me. I can’t wait.”

Baldwin is certain now that he made the right decision when he officially committed to Ohio State back in July.

“It wasn’t really an easy decision,” he said, “but I just eventually thought they were the best choice and I just went with it.”

And everything was pretty much confirmed in Baldwin’s mind that he indeed made the right decision when he went on his official visit to Ohio State on the second recruiting weekend in December. Baldwin got some of the same vibes at Ohio State that he experienced during his time at Solon.

“When I went down there on my official visit I felt pretty much at home there,” said Baldwin, who was hosted by 2009 signee Melvin Fellows on his visit. “I felt really comfortable around Melvin and the rest of the players.”

According to Solon head coach Jim McQuaide, team unity and camaraderie are especially important to Baldwin.

“His classmates are as important to him as his family,” the coach said. “He really has an extreme attachment to his classmates, his senior class, the guys he’s gone through school with since middle school.”

The same guys who helped Baldwin become one of the more highly-regarded football prospects in all of Ohio for the Class of 2010.

“I think his football future is totally ahead of him,” McQuaide said. “He’s getting bigger. He’s a 6-7, 265-pound guy that’s grown in the last year. He can be a force on both sides of the ball, which he was for us, and now it’s up to Coach Tressel, and they know what they’re doing, to decide where he’s going to play at Ohio State. I think he’s on the verge of having a great career there.”

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