UPDATE (June 30 11:15 a.m. PT): Darr signs with Tennessee, per InsideTennessee.com.
“Yes, I have a full release of my Letter of Intent from Fresno State,” Matt Darr told BarkBoard.com via text message Tuesday evening.
The U.S. Army All-American punter says he obtained his release from the Bulldogs last week. He is currently visiting Tennessee coming to straight to Knoxville after visiting LSU. He says he has no other visits scheduled at his time.
Darr verbally committed to Fresno State days before signing day decommitting from USC in the process. He verbally committed to then Trojans head coach Pete Carroll the summer before his senior season. However, after Carroll left USC for the Seattle Seahawks, Lane Kiffin and the new Trojan coaching staff never formally contacted Darr.
“I did commit real early to USC and Pete Carroll and the departure of Pete Carroll and Brian Schneider really affected my decision,” Darr told Scout.com in February.
One of the main reasons Darr chose to become a Bulldog was to play under special team coach John Baxter. But Baxter left the Fresno State coaching staff one month after signing day for a similar position at USC.
That move had an adverse effect on Darr.
“I was real shocked and disappointed in [John Baxter’s] decision,” Darr told BarkBoard.com in March. “It felt like I’ve been betrayed. Now, I’m going to a school where I expected a coach to be there. Baxter was a huge factor in my decision. [My family] were very confident that he was going to be there. He had been the coach there for over 10 years. I just feel shocked.”
Darr also told BarkBoard.com in the same March interview that he would consider all his options, including obtaining a release from Fresno State. “I don’t really know what the process would be. That is just something that I haven’t talked about with my family. Right now I feel comfortable with Fresno State, it seems like it would be a good fit because of my major.”
We hope to have more from Darr tomorrow, including the prevailing reasons why he obtained his release.
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