Update: Corbett verbally committed to Toledo on Jul. 10.
TAMPA – Playmakers have given Tampa Catholic a big boost offensively over the last few seasons. One of those players, wide receiver Darius Corbett enters his senior campaign looking to take over the role left behind Auburn commit and Class of 2016 graduate Nate Craig-Myers.
The 6’1″, 180-pounder has already put on over 20 lbs. since the end of last season. Corbett finished second in both catches (34), receiving yards (825) and touchdowns (9) behind Craig-Myers in the receiving room. He says he felt pretty good about his junior season but thinks he could have done even more.
Corbett combined for 525 yards and seven touchdowns on 32 grabs as a freshman and sophomore. Playing alongside a true star in Craig-Myers is something he called a blessing.
“I took a couple of his [Craig-Myers] releases off the ball,” Corbett said “I try to teach it to some of the young guys now. It’s definitely a plus to learn from what he does and contribute it to your game.”
Last season, the Crusaders finished 10-3 before falling in the 3A state semifinals. It marked the second time in the three years that TC lost in that round. Corbett says his group watched a lot of film, but things got a little crazy when Trinity Christian came to town last November.
“We went in confident, but I guess when we got on the field it was a totally different thing. Everybody got nervous with all the people there and it got out of control.”
Defensively, Corbett will see time at cornerback on top of his duties as a starting wideout. He has 30 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble in three seasons.
Colleges have taken notice in Corbett’s skills as he’s earned 18 offers thus far including most recently from Tennessee State, Southern Mississippi, Toledo, Troy and Georgia State.
Bowling Green, Connecticut, Coastal Carolina, Jacksonville, USF, Georgia Southern, Samford, Buffalo, Jacksonville State, Eastern Kentucky, McNeese State, Central Arkansas and Charleston Southern are his other offers.
He says he’s working on his summer visit schedule. In terms of offers that stand out, Corbett pointed out both Bowling Green and Coastal Carolina because both schools keep in touch and show him a lot of love.
The talent on this team is still very strong despite the loss of a couple of key seniors including Craig-Myers, Noah Carlson, Tyler Sims and Derek Ortiz. Rising seniors quarterback Austin Sessums and running back Devan Barrett lead a group that is getting better with each snap.
“Even though we lost a lot of seniors we had a lot of young guys ready to come up and fill the shoes. If we just keep building and don’t take any steps back, we will be back in the state semifinals and we will win.”
Corbett says his biggest strength is his ability to come off the ball. “I always come off the ball fast even if I’m blocking or running a route.” In terms of where he is looking to improve, he wants to get in and out of his cuts better.
Fourth-year Tampa Catholic head coach Mike Gregory is someone Corbett loves playing for.
“He’s an amazing coach. Off the field, he’s a great person to talk to, not even just about football. Say you have a rough day, you can go talk to him and he’ll keep your mind off things.”
Prior to starting football at age 8, Corbett begged his mom to let him play, but she continued to say it was too dangerous. Once she finally let him play, he never looked back. Starting as an offensive tackle, coaches quickly moved him to wide receiver where he’s played ever since.
At age 14 playing for the Brandon Ravens is when he says he gained confidence in his game.
“A lot of good coaches taught me and said ‘you’re really good and we like your game.’ That’s when I realized I could be good and do something with this.”
Corbett says his parents are his biggest role models in his life.
“My parents because they push me through hard times. Even if I have a good practice my stepdad and mom say I can get better. He does drills with me after practice.”
His mind is in the present as he says his goal right now is doubling his stats from last season and continuing to keep his grades up and not let anything slip in the classroom.
Corbett has a very bright future. He had a three-touchdown performance in the spring game win over River Ridge. Whether he took an out route or was targeted downfield, he made his presence felt (video below).
Darius Corbett is going to earn more offers well before the regular season starts this August. Taking on the Craig-Myers role in this offense is not easy, but it is evident that he is going to run away with his responsibilities.
Favorite players to watch – Larry Fitzgerald, Tavon Austin, Antonio Brown, Cam Newton
Playlist for games – Eazy E “Boyz in the Hood”
Favorite movies – Furious 7, Straight Outta Compton, Madea
Favorite TV shows – Prison Break
Fun fact about you that nobody knows – “I’m an amazing cook. My best dish is my yellow rice and baked chicken with homemade cornbread.”
Nickname from friends or teammates – “Tippy Toes”, “D”
— Jake Perper (@JakePerper) May 21, 2016
Game film: Corbett’s Hudl tape
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