June 7, 2011

Day one to watch for 2013

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Ohio State has already landed four Central Ohio area prospects in the 2012 class and the 2013 group looks to be a solid one as well. One of the best prospects in the area for the class is Hilliard (Ohio) Darby athlete Caleb Day. The 6-foot, 180-pound prospect starred at defensive back, running back, and wide receiver this past season for the Panthers.

"My sophomore year, I actually did better than I expected," said Day. "The coaches were really good and we practiced really hard. It was a good year for me and hopefully next year turns out the same."

Day's productive sophomore season has some top programs taking notice.

"I got camp invites from Ohio State and Cincinnati," he said.

Though it's still very early in the process, there were two programs that Day followed particularly closely growing up.

"A school that I really wanted to go to growing up was Florida," he said. "There was just something about the Gators. I also liked Ohio State, just their defense was always really strong. I think I'm going to college for defensive back."

This past weekend, Day was on the Ohio State campus participating in the State track and field championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Day was one of just two sophomores to make the semi-finals in the 300-meter hurdles and while his time on Friday didn't qualify him for the finals, he was happy with the progress he made throughout the year.

"I kind of expected to get to State's but I didn't let it get to my head and I practiced hard," he said. "My coaches were always getting on me for little stuff and keeping me going. For my first year it was a good experience with the atmosphere and everything."

Darby returns a lot of young talent from last season's team, especially in the 2013 and 2014 classes. The Panthers were bounced by Springfield in the first round of the playoffs a year ago and Day and his teammates are hoping to top what they accomplished last season.

"Our main goal is to make it to playoffs and actually make it to the next (round)," Day said. "Other than that, as the next couple years go on we'll improve much more."


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