Claiborne to TSU

Written by John Dupont on .


Darian Claiborne, former Port Allen standout quarterback/linebacker, will move to a college south of College Station, Texas, after his ouster from Texas A&M last June.

Claiborne will enroll at Texas Southern and play football, just two months after the Aggie program dismissed him June 3.

Claiborne encountered problems off-field that led to Aggies’ coaches benching him for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl – a win against Duke - in January.

He was arrested in December on charges of marijuana possession.

Further legal problems followed in February and May, both times with Aggies defensive starter Isaiah Golden.

Authorities cited Claiborne for a noise violation in the first incident, while Golden was arrested for marijuana possession.

An arrest June 2 on charges of aggravated robbery led to the dismissal of both players the following day.

"These two individuals have failed to meet the high expectations and standards that we have for our football players and as representatives of the university," Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin said in a news release. "These two players have exhibited a pattern of behavior that we will not tolerate at Texas A&M."

Claiborne had garnered national attention after leading the Texas A&M defense in tackles as a true freshman.

“Darian is a good kid who has made some terrible choices in the last six months,” said Guy Blanchard, Port Allen High School head football coach. “I am just glad he is getting this opportunity to prove what kind of person he is.”

The transferal to Texas Southern, which is in Houston, will put him on the same team as former Brusly quarterback Jay Christophe, who Claiborne faced in the long-standing BHS-PAHS rivalry. The move will also place him in the same city as former teammate Andre Hal, who was selected by the NFL’s Houston Texans in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft.

Claiborne and Christophe will be in Baton Rouge, facing off against Southern University in a SWAC contest Nov. 8 at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

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