Top prospect reportedly decommits from Notre Dame

Bob Diaco has done a wonderful job of transforming Notre Dame's defense into one of the most improved units in the country since arriving in South Bend with head coach Brian Kelly two years ago. But the Fighting Irish coordinator needs more material to work with in the secondary if the Irish are going to make their way back into the BCS picture.

Ronald Darby was supposed to be part of that improved depth, as the Class of 2012 cornerback committed to play for the Irish. However, he appears to have backed off of that promise.

According to Irish Illustrated, Irish Sports Daily and Irish Eyes, the speedy defensive back has decommitted from the school.

The 5-11, 172-pounder is projected to at least contribute immediately on special teams, so whichever program lands his services will be helped right away. The Top 100 player has run a sub-4.4 40-yard dash, so his impact on the ND return game would be huge. He reportedly will now consider Clemson, Florida State, Auburn and LSU, but Notre Dame remains in the picture, according to Blue and Gold Illustrated.

The Irish did receive some good news, at least, when they snagged a commitment from safety Elijah Shumate during the weekend's U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

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