Darian Varner and the Maury Coaching Staff (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Temple comes in late and scoops up Darian Varner
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Philadelphia must agree with Darian Varner.
He’s been picking up college scholarship offers all spring, but it was a June visit to Philly and a subsequent offer that really got him thinking about playing his college ball at Temple University.
On Friday afternoon, Varner and his family took their place on the stage in the Maury High School Auditorium. Varner had ball caps displayed for James Madison, East Carolina and Liberty. Darian had a trick up his sleeve. He decoyed by donning the James Madison cap before reaching under the table for a Temple hat. He placed the Cherry Red cap on his head, unzipped his jacket and shared his decision with the crowd on hand.
Varner will be a Temple Owl.
“I’ve been excited. I’ve been silent about it for three weeks now,” said Varner. “Me and Coach Stew (D-line coach Walter Stewart) have been talking since March, every day. Non-stop. He’s been helping me out; giving me tips. I visited Philly last month and they offered me on the spot. I felt like it was home and we took things further on from there.”
Maury head coach Dyrri McCain was happy to share the news and the day of celebration with Varner and the team. Many from the Maury coaching staff were on hand for the celebration. As the festive atmosphere wound down, Coach McCain was quick to remind the players in attendance to take care of the weekend and be ready to put in work on Monday morning.
“We’re here Monday at 8 o’clock in the morning,” Darian stated. “We’re trying to get focused more so that we can win states.”
Varner is Temple’s 16th commitment for the recruiting class of 2020 and their second from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Darian joins T.C. Williams (Alexandria) running back Robert Longerbeam in the Owls’ latest recruiting class. As for Maury’s class of 2020, Varner joins running back C.J. Beasley (Virginia Tech) as a committed athlete, with a few other players most notably KeAndre Lambert, as seniors who have yet to commit.
– Andy Hilton