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Ex-A&M LB Claiborne drops down to FCS level

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One FCS program may have lost out on one of the most talented defensive players in the Big 12, but another has landed one of the most promising young players on that side of the ball in the SEC.

While his new school has yet to officially announce it, Darian Claiborne‘s high school coach confirmed to the Baton Rouge Advocate over the weekend that his former player has decided to continue his collegiate playing career at Texas Southern. Even as the school has yet to formally announce the addition, Texas Southern head coach Darrell Asberry told FOX 26 Sports in Houston that Claiborne reported to the team on Saturday.

As the Tigers play at the FCS level, the linebacker will be eligible to play immediately in 2014.

“Darian doesn’t want to make a big deal about this,” Port Allen High School coach Guy Blanchard said. “He told me, ‘Coach, I just want to go there and do my job to help the team win.’ This gives him a chance to get his life back on track and to prove that he’s not a bad person, he’s a young guy who made three very bad decisions in a six-month period.”

Those three very bad decisions cost Claiborne his spot on the Texas A&M football team and left his image in tatters.

In early June, Claiborne and another former teammates, defensive lineman Isaiah Golden, were charged with aggravated robbery after an alleged drug deal reportedly went bad. Both were dismissed from the football program.

Claiborne and Golden were each arrested on misdemeanor charges this offseason as well, the former for disorderly conduct and the latter for pot possession. Claiborne was also arrested back in late December for possession of a dangerous drug and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana. Following that arrest, Claiborne was suspended and did not play in the Aggies’ Chick-fil-A Bowl win over Duke.

In 2013 as true freshmen, Claiborne started nine games and was named to the Freshman All-SEC team for his efforts. He was a three-star member of the A&M’s 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 19 inside linebacker in the country.

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2 Responses to “Ex-A&M LB Claiborne drops down to FCS level”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 12, 2014 10:19 AM

    He is a very talented football player but I heard this on the 4 letter network last night and it really fits here. Sometimes 4 and 5 star players are 2 star people….

    It’s not just your play on the field that makes you a success.

  2. whenwilliteverend says: Aug 12, 2014 11:30 AM

    “Darian doesn’t want to make a big deal about this,” Port Allen High School coach Guy Blanchard said. “He told me, ‘Coach, I just want to go there and do my job to help the team win.’ This gives him a chance to get his life back on track and to prove that he’s not a bad person, he’s a young guy who made three very bad decisions in a six-month period.”

    Three very bad decisions in a six-month period seems to indicate a pattern of indifference. If he had wanted to prove he wasn’t a bad person he would have learned from the first incident but since he was charged with two serious crimes after that shows how little he cares about being a good person. Somehow I get the feeling this is the coach putting words in his mouth. I’ll be surprised if he’s not in trouble again.

    Given the climate of the NFL starting to shy away from chuckleheads like this whose favorite off-field activity is running afoul of the law, his stock has probably dropped considerably. However, he’s still just a sophomore and if he can manage to stay out of handcuffs he may be able to rehabilitate his image. If not he can kiss away all the money he thought he was going to make (see Chris Rainey).

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