Darryl is one of the greatest two sport athletes to ever come out of Northern Nevada. In his youth, his talents shined early on at the Boys and Girls Club on E 9th street, and he quickly proved he would be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
Darryl was also a standout athlete at Traner Middle School before moving on to Hug High School. As a quarterback, he had the natural ability to make fearless plays; saying he was versatile would be a drastic understatement. He was equally as likely to break a 50 yard run as he was to stay in the pocket and deliver a perfectly placed ball. His vocal leadership and calm demeanor drove his football team to a Regional Championship and a shot at the State Title in his senior season, earning a first team all-state performer his senior year.
Darryl has demonstrated leadership capacity in all of his athletic endeavors. On the gridiron, he played quarterback and cornerback, and on the hardwood, he ran the show from the point. Darryl never missed a step when it came time to transition from quarterback to point guard and was a tough matchup for anybody. He was extremely shifty, explosive, and so quick laterally that he was almost guaranteed to defeat any opposing defenders. When you combine those physical skills with a great basketball IQ, it makes for a scary result.
After receiving D1 interest straight out of high school, Darryl decided to attend junior college. He continued to excel as a defensive back in his two seasons with Los Angeles Harbor College, won a league championship his sophomore season, was selected for first team all-conference, and was selected for first team all-region. His senior year, he led his team with five interceptions and an outright Sun Belt Conference Championship and a birth in the Godaddy.com Bowl,; after finishing 10-2 overall and 8-0 in conference. He realized his D1 dreams when he signed with Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Arkansas.