Ex-Port Allen, Texas A&M standout Darian Claiborne set to enroll at Texas Southern

Former Texas A&M linebacker Darian Claiborne is en route to Houston and set to enroll at Texas Southern, where he will be immediately eligible, his high school coach said Saturday.

The former Port Allen High star was dismissed from the A&M program in June after two arrests and another incident that involved a citation.

“Darian doesn’t want to make a big deal about this,” Port Allen coach Guy Blanchard said. “He told me, ‘Coach, I just want to go there and do my job to help the team win.’ This gives him a chance to get his life back on track and to prove that he’s not a bad person, he’s a young guy who made three very bad decisions in a six-month period.”

Claiborne was named to the SEC’s all-freshman team and led the Aggies in tackles as a true freshman in the regular season, recording 89 tackles with seven tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.

His legal troubles began in December when he was suspended for the Chick-fil-A Bowl after being arrested for possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. He received a citation on a noise complaint in February when another Aggie player, defensive lineman Isaiah Golden, was arrested for marijuana possession. In May, Golden and Claiborne were arrested for aggravated robbery that involved a drug transaction. Both players were kicked off the team by coach Kevin Sumlin days after the May arrest.

Claiborne was a two-time Class 3A all-state player at Port Allen, where he played quarterback and linebacker.

“Texas Southern has talked with him, and they’re committed to helping Darian get his life back together,” Blanchard said. “We’re glad he’s getting this opportunity to prove himself.”