Lufkin, Texas, linebacker Aaron Darks will begin his senior season on Saturday when the Panthers battle Katy. It’s a re-match from last season and the 6-foot-1, 205-pound linebacker is hoping for the same results as in 2002.
“We blew them out last year,” Darks, a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com, said. “And we’re going to stick to that prediction this year. We’ve been working hard in practice and really feel like we’re ready to go. I sure am.”
Darks said he’s worked hard to improve his game and he knows that he’s a better player than he was last year.
“I know how to read plays better,” he said. “This season, I will be able to make twice as many tackles. I want to go out there knock them out and hurt them. I don’t have big personal expectations because my goals are all team related, but I want to be known as the hardest hitter in the state.”
He might already be.
And it’s that hard hitting that is drawing attention from Oklahoma, LSU and Kansas State – the three teams that he lists at the top of his list. There are others like Arkansas, Iowa and Kansas, but the Sooners, Tigers and Wildcats stand out at this point and if they were to offer him a scholarship he might take it.
“OU is one of my favorites,” he said. “I had plans to go up there this weekend for their game, but we’re playing. I’m not for sure when I’m going now. I think LSU is another good choice for me. They play my style of ball and so does K-State. They have a really good linebacker tradition.”