Daryl Searcy of Little Rock, Ark., showed why the swamis of Youth1 picked him for the Freshman 450 last year. In 2018, the freshman phenom played for the Forrest City (Ark.) High School Mustangs varsity team and gained 2,000 all-purpose yards—1,000 rushing and 1,000 passing—as well as scoring eight touchdowns on the ground and throwing six more. The Mustangs finished 7-3 thanks in part to Searcy’s multipurpose offensive weapons, which were unleashed in the Wildcat formation.
His film displays his blazing speed (4.8 laser-timed 40) and strength to gain yardage by busting into the open field by zigzagging through the first line of defense or turning the corner quick on a sweep. On top of that, he has quarterback skills to badly burn teams by dropping back, adeptly scanning the field and connecting to his receivers on short and deep passes.
“I had an awesome year,” he said of his season with the Mustangs, adding that he worked on getting faster and stronger over the summer. Searcy also attended The Opening in Dallas, where he showed that his talent level is above his age—he was graded as a Rising Junior as a sophomore. Last year at The Opening, he was named a Rising Sophomore as a freshman.
The 2022 athlete is now 6’1” and 187 pounds, and he is quickly gaining the attention of numerous local and national colleges. He has officially visited the University of Memphis and University of Arkansas this spring after being a standout in their camps. He was the only 2022 student among a field of 2020 running backs to visit the Razorbacks. Searcy also plans to visit Baylor University and should have more interested schools as 2019 progresses.
Earlier this year, Searcy moved from Forest City to Little Rock, and it is Joe T. Robinson High School’s gain, since he’ll suit up for the Senators this season. He hopes to contribute at running back and linebacker, and it looks like it’s already happening because he reports that he is currently subbing behind the Senators’ first-team running back.
Searcy models himself after legendary NFL running backs Eric Dickerson and Eddie George, two powerful, speedy running backs who were game changers every time they touched the ball. One would think that he also patterns himself after dangerous, mobile QBs like Cam Newton or Steve Young. Still, he’s aiming big to follow in the footsteps of these football greats.
“I'm going to play Power 5 football, graduate, play professional football, retire and go to the Hall of Fame,” he said of his long-term goals.
When asked who has inspired him the most, he replied, “My father is my greatest [inspiration]. He has been training me since I was 8 years old.”
If he can repeat the success of his 2018 varsity year as a freshman, an inspired Searcy is sure to make an impact for the Senators in Little Rock, no matter what position he plays.
You can check out his Youth1 Media profile -> here.
Article written by Tom Warnick.
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