FORT MYERS – Last August 2018 athlete Darfnell Gouin tore his ACL. It wiped out his entire junior campaign.
The South Ft. Myers wide receiver/linebacker fought for an exception to play his senior year this fall. The FHSAA doesn’t allow athletes older than 18 from participating in high school sports. Gouin turned 19 this month.
The 6’3″, 200-pounder works daily to better his game and become more consistent and physical.
“I train about 5-6 days a week whether I’m running springs, doing cone drills, doing underwater pool cardio and etc.,” Gouin told Prep Sports Scouting.
On top of his duties as a wide receiver, Gouin will be playing both outside linebacker and defensive back this season.
Four offers have come Gouin’s way over the last month. FAU first offered in early May while Georgia Southern, Ohio and Central Michigan extended offers earlier over the last two weeks. He says that Appalachian State and Western Kentucky are also showing interest.
Now that he’s healthy, it is time to show off his biggest strengths, which he says are his size, aggressiveness and confidence.
Gouin first began his football career in the 7th grade. He says he never really had anyone to sign him up, but he was always interested. He discovered his confidence as a freshman at South Ft. Myers.
Over the last three seasons, the Wolfpack have posted a 27-8 record, but with a different coach every year. Brian Conn takes over the program this year and Gouin is pleased about that.
“Playing for coach Conn makes you more disciplined because the scheme that he runs everyone has to be doing their job or else the play is no good,” Gouin said. “With coach Conn, it’s all about the little things, the biggest difference with him is the tempo everything is rapid fire all the time.”
On top of football here recently, Gouin played basketball for three years. He’s run track since 3rd grade and has excelled for the Wolfpack throughout high school.
Two key role models in his life are Dominic Blanford and Jordan Truesdale.
“These guys probably don’t know but when I was younger and headed in the wrong paths these are the guys that took the time out to deal with me talk to me and made sure I was staying out of trouble,” he said. “I’ll never forget them and I’ll always think back to those times whenever I’m in a fishy situation.”
Other guys that Gouin looked up to and mirrored their games were Antwan Dixon and Andre Polk.
Gouin’s ultimate goal is to make it to the NFL and be successful there. He wants to get involved in either sports medicine or sport management. He says he’s interested in the human body and how training and exercise affect your body.
Humble, confident and fun, those are three key attributes that describe Gouin. The rising senior is healthy and determined to prove his worth. He’s already earned some Division I offers, but he’s a true athlete wherever he lines up. Personally, I think he’s most dominant as a jump ball receiver.
Favorite players to watch – Steve Smith, Calvin Johnson
Playlist before games – Drake “Worst Behavior”, Ice Berg “Steady Hustling”
Favorite movies – Tarzan, Straight Outta Compton, Rush Hour
Favorite TV shows – Friday Night Lights, A Different World, The Cosby Show, The Proud Family
Fun fact that you think nobody knows – “I can sit and watch singing covers all day”
Nicknames from teammates or friends – “Darf”
Game film: Gouin’s Hudl tape
Jake Perper is the founder of Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.