The state of Oregon often gets overlooked when it comes to evaluating football talent. It would be a big mistake this season. There are several players from the state that look like they will make the grade.
The Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers would like their Pac10 rivals to forget about the state but unfortunately for the Beavers and Ducks the word is getting out about a couple of players from Lake Oswego, Ore. Pac10Recruiting will report on both.
For this article we will feature linebacker Andy Darkins (6-3, 230, 4.7). Darkins was selected all-state (2nd-team) and all-league (1st-team) for Lake Oswego high after an outstanding junior season.
Darkins seemed to be everywhere last season when he piled up 128 tackles, eight sacks and three caused fumbles.
Darkins is he’s a dominating presence on the defensive side of the ball and he looks like a sprinter in pads running sideline-to-sideline making plays.
Adept at reading plays, Darkins reads the actions of three to four offensive linemen on every play, finds the ball and makes the play.
Darkins is a tremendous hitter and that is a good trait for a linebacker to have. He finds a way to make the play.
“Andy is an intense, hard working and instinctive player,” Lake Oswego head coach Steve Coury said. “Andy has tremendous work habits.”
Darkins benches 315 pounds, squats 425 and has a 29-inch vertical jump.
The cat is out of the bag regarding Darkins. He has heard from most of the Pac10, Mountain West, WAC and Big Sky conferences.
Oregon State tried to get the jump on the rest with an offer. Stanford, UCLA, Cal and Washington are all seriously recruiting Darkins.
What is Darkins looking for in a school?
“I’m looking for a really great college atmosphere, a great football team and sunny weather,” Darkins said.
Stanford leads for Darkins services, the Cardinal were up to the school twice in May and are showing a lot of interest.
UCLA and Cal are behind Stanford. “I would prefer to go away for school,” Darkins said.