Running back Devin Darrington, a second-team All-Ivy League selection in 2019, announced Monday that he will transfer to the University of Virginia after graduating from Harvard, an accomplishment he is on track to make in the spring of 2021.
I’ve been extremely blessed & would like to thank everybody who has been supporting me throughout this journey. Thank you to all the schools recruiting me during this time. After graduating from Harvard I will be continuing my journey at the University of Virginia 🔶⚔️🔷 #GoHoos pic.twitter.com/UTIQpO0wmH
— Devin 🐶⚡️ (@d_dking34) September 7, 2020
Darrington will be immediately eligible to play in 2021 and told ESPN’s Alex Scarborough that he could “possibly” have two years of eligibility remaining. UVA, which remains razor thin at running back this season, now projects to have five scholarship running backs in 2021, including three – Wayne Taulapapa, Darrington, and Ronnie Walker Jr. – with two or more seasons of major college football experience. Mike Hollins, who has opted out of playing the 2020 season, could return with three years of eligibility remaining, and the Hoos will also feature true freshman Amaad Foston.
Monday’s breaking news had the University of Virginia football staff downright giddy.
— Robert Anae (@CoachAnae) September 7, 2020
After playing in three games as a true freshman in 2017, Darrington emerged as a sophomore for the Crimson, rushing 70 times for 435 yards and five touchdowns. He had two games of over 90 yards rushing – 98 yards and a touchdown against San Diego and 91 yards and two scores in a win over Yale.
Last season, Darrington finished with 734 yards rushing, a number that was good for fifth in the Ivy League. The 5’9”, 205-pound junior averaged 4.03 yards per carry and totaled seven touchdowns as the Crimson compiled a 4-6 record. Darrington had three 100-yard rushing efforts in 2019, including 115 yards and three touchdowns against Howard, 109 yards and a score against Holy Cross, and 102 yards against Dartmouth.
When the Ivy League postponed football this fall due to COVID-19 concerns, Darrington decided to enter the transfer portal. The Forest Hill (MD) native announced this decision in late July.
“With the season canceling due to COVID, I wanted to enter the portal because I don’t know if we’re going to have a spring season or not,” Darrington told ESPN. “To possibly have two years of eligibility at a Power 5 school while working on my master’s degree is a great opportunity.”