|Jordan Darling. Rivals.com|
Weight: 235 lbs.
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Last season at Waco-Midway High School, in Waco, Texas, Darling threw for 16 touchdowns and just over 1,800 yards in 16 games while splitting quarterback duties.
We've all heard plenty about Darling this offseason. His transfer to SM East and subsequent commitment to to the University of Kansas. His exploits this summer with the Lancers, including leading the unit to a first place finish at the Army Strong Border Challenge 7-on-7 Tournament. This is life with big-name transfers, as we've discovered in the past with players like Orange Mooney and Brett Ginn.
What we're all really waiting to see is how big of an impact Darling can make in the Sunflower League. I think deep down every high school football player, at some point in time, wonders how good he or his team would do against Texas high school football competition (where Darling did exceptionally well at a major 4A school last season). Perhaps Darling's 2012 campaign will provide a sort of measuring stick for all of that.
Darling's going to be playing in a pass-happy offense that suits his ability to fire the ball early and often. He's bigger and and as physically gifted as John Schrock, who starred for the Lancers two years ago and is now making a push to be the starting quarterback at Colorado. He's also a better passer than Dakota Collins, last year's much maligned Lancer quarterback who showed flashes of dominance but failed to consistently stay healthy. Let's just hope Darling can play through the entire season so we can truly gauge his impact for SM East.