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Being a student athlete is a full-time job. When you're one of the best in the country at your sport, life gets even busier. Mount de sales soccer standout Darvin Ebanks juggles each task with ease.

And for those accomplishments is named our athlete of the week.

Coach Ian Jones says, "I had heard about Darvin before I was at Mount de Sales," about Darvin Ebanks.

Mount de Sales' Head Soccer Coach Ian Jones knew when he took over in 2005 he had a special talent in the form of a 7th grader named Darvin Ebanks.

Coach Jones tell us, "[I] watered at the mouth a little bit knowing that I was gonna have a player of his caliber."

So special, in fact, Jones had to share the services of the soccer standout. Ebanks spent his 8th and 10th grade seasons away from Cavalier Fields, playing club soccer in Atlanta.

Darvin Ebanks says, "It's just been hectic just trying to get all the schedules situated. It's good that I'm playing my senior year."

But ebanks had one more out-of-town commitment to fulfill prior to his senior season.
"I believe he's the first player from the Middle Georgia area to be recognized and to get called into the National Team," Coach Jones said.

Darvin spent 10 days in Phoenix, Arizona, training with the United States 18-and-under squad, playing with some of the country's best young talent.

Ebanks says, "Learning from all the coaches it was mind-blowing."
Coach Jones notes, "I'm sure the training habits were slightly higher than what they were at Mount de Sales. Not to mention the opportunity to trade in the navy and gold of M.D.S. for the red, white, and blue of the U.S.A.
Ebanks mentions, "Wearing the stars and stripes on your chest, it's a big honor."

But now it's back to the high school game, Which is just business as usual for the all-state forward.

"He might showboat his technical ability out here on the field a little bit here and there, but certainly he's a humble guy he wants to be just like everyone else," adds Coach Jones.

Darvin will go for his second state title with the Cavs this spring. Then he heads to Chapel Hill, where he'll continue his career with the University of North Carolina.

Ebanks says, "It's gonna be a great experience just playing with all the great players that they've called up and even just the college experience will be great."
"He'll be an impact player at Chapel Hill and it's just a question of how soon," says Coach Jones as he gives a closing comment about Ebanks.

When Ebanks arrives in Chapel Hill, he plans on studying Biomechanical Engineering. He currently carries a 3.2 GPA at Mount De Sales.

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