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Irish lose commitment

Notre Dame lost a defensive back from its Class of 2012, according to multiple reports.

Ronald Darby, a cornerback from Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, Md., backed out of the oral commitment he made to the Irish after April's Blue-Gold Game.

Irish Sports Daily first reported Darby's decision. BlueandGold.com also reported Darby's de-commitment.

The 5-foot-11, 172-pound cornerback plans to visit Clemson, Florida State and possibly LSU, and he plans to announce which school he will attend on Signing Day (Feb. 1), according to Irish Sports Daily.

Darby is rated a five-star prospect by Scout.com, and he is rated four-star recruit by Rivals.com and ESPN.

Darby helped Team Blur to a 49-16 win over Team Highlight in Thursday's Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Darby took an official visit to Notre Dame in September but also made trips to Maryland and Auburn.

The loss of Darby drops Notre Dame's recruiting class to 17.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.

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