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Hard-hitting LB grabs K-State offer

Lufkin, Texas, linebacker Aaron Darks has become a hot target on the recruiting front and it’s easy to see why. Even though he’s not the tallest – he’s only 6-foot-1 – he can hit like a ton of bricks and that’s already brought out his first scholarship offer and more are sure to come.
“Kansas State sent me a letter saying that I have a scholarship,” Darks, who is 6-1, 205 pounds and can run a 4.52-second time in the 40-yard dash, said. “Somebody else also offered me, but I can’t remember who. I’m just chilling and looking at all of them, right now.”
Darks has only camped at Oklahoma this summer and he said he felt like he did a good job of impressing the Sooner coaches.
“I talked to coach Venables and the other coaches after we were done at the camp,” Darks said. “They told me that they’re probably going to offer me soon and they liked what I did at camp. I think I did a good job for sure. I know they were impressed because they told me they were.
“I’m everything – intense. I’m the person that runs the defense. If it’s really slacking, I get them up and focused on what they have to do. I’m good at all of those things, but I’m probably best at stopping the run. I got a chance to show them that at the camp.”
Darks got calls from Northwestern, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas State and Kansas during the May evaluation period. He said Iowa has now started to write him regularly and he is interested in hearing more from the Hawkeyes.
“I’m just chilling when it comes to the recruiting,” he said. “I’m not going to rush into anything.”
Darks will be in Tyler this upcoming weekend for another Texas Seven-on-Seven State Championship qualifier. He said Lufkin qualified this past weekend by winning a tournament, but the team wants to be a double-qualifier and prove its one of the top teams in the state.
“Seven-on-seven is great,” Darks said. “I love playing it. I get to get out there and cover guys one-on-one and show people what I’ve got. It’s also great for the team because we get to work together and learn how we all react around each other.”
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