With linebackers all over the Big 12 Region popping up and making names for themselves there is another linebacker from East Texas that is suddenly a prospect that is catching on with the college coaches. Recruiting fans, meet Lufkin, Texas, inside linebacker Aaron Darks.
Darks, who is 6-foot-1, 205 pounds and has a 40-yard dash time of 4.52 seconds, said because of a combination of injuries and depth at the position that he only recorded 65 tackles, nine tackles for a loss and five sacks as a junior. But it was his play in the middle of the season and flashes of brilliance that has the coaches from all over calling.
“It’s been busy lately,” Darks said. “I just got four calls (Thursday). Northwestern, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas all called. They were all saying they wanted me to come up for camp and that they liked what they saw and might offer me a scholarship.”
But at this point, there aren’t any offers on the table. But Darks is excited and thinks he has what it takes to play big-time football.
“I’m very aggressive,” Darks said. “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.”
Darks is definitely a very smart linebacker, too. He has a 4.36 grade-point average and is hoping to use his brains and brawn this summer at a few camps to earn scholarships.
“I’m not sure about what camps I’m going to,” he said. “One of my coaches is working the Oklahoma camp, so I might go up there with him. But just like with my college choices, I’m very open to all of this.”
Just like Darks is opening up the eyes of college coaches that are looking hard at him.