#3 WR Darnell Salomon - Junior, 6’3”, 207 lbs.
First play from scrimmage #Central HS (FL) alum & #USF #Bulls WR Darnell Salomon (@3way_era) catches an 83-yard bomb from #Jackson HS (FL) alum QB Quinton Flowers (@SpotTheBall_9) #USFvsUCF pic.twitter.com/jpZG2uWQh7— Sleeper Athletes (@SleeperAthletes) November 25, 2017
2017: Salomon started to break out for the Bulls as a sophomore, hauling in 32 catches for 512 yards and five touchdowns. His most brilliant performance came in the War on I-4, where he caught five for 139, one of them being the ridiculous circus catch near the sidelines and another being the game-tying touchdown where he was practically had an entire area code to himself. AND NOTHING HAPPENED AFTER THE SUBSEQUENT TWO-POINT CONVERSION. NOPE.
2016: Salomon was the only true freshman to play for USF last season. He appeared in eight games, including the last six of the regular season, but only managed a six-yard reception against UConn and an eight-yard catch against C. Wide receivers didn’t rack up huge stats in the Gulf Coast Offense, but that small total makes it easy to second-guess the coaches using up one of his years of eligibility.
How He Came To USF: Darnell moved from Hialeah's Champagnat to Miami Central High School as a senior. He caught 32 passes for 527 yards and eight TDs for the Rockets as they won the Class 6A state title. For his career at Champagnat and Central, Salomon totaled 136 receptions for 2,565 yards and 31 touchdowns in high school. He shocked almost everyone by holding his commitment to USF all the way until signing day, turning down Alabama, LSU, Clemson, Notre Dame, and a lot of other big-time programs. His LOI on signing day inspired the coaches to run off on the plug:
Recruiting Rankings: Maybe Salomon got to play last year because he was the big prize in USF’s 2016 recruiting class. He was a four-star prospect on Rivals, Scout, and ESPN. He got three stars from 247.