Markle Comes In Strong

Idaho linebacker prospect Darren Markle made his way to Provo for BYU's first Junior Day of the year and was accompanied by his parents. TBS caught up with Markle to learn of this thoughts and impressions of the day, as well as what specific attributes he brings to the table as he pursues Division I scholarship offers in the coming months.

"I really enjoyed my trip to BYU," said Darren Markle. "The tour was great and I really enjoyed being with the coaches at BYU. I love the coaches there. That's probably the best thing I like about BYU right now are the coaches."

Markle is a 6-foot-1-inch, 230-pound inside linebacker prospect from Boise. Markle played for Mountain View High School last season and tallied 109 tackles, 8.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.

Among many attributes that make Markle an intriguing prospect, first and foremost is his strength, which has led him to put up some Division I lineman-like numbers while still in high school.

"My father was a power-lifter," said Markle. "So I got started early on in the weight-room. I work out a lot and have really worked on my strength."

Markle claims a 375 bench press and 550 squat. He has also recorded 24 reps of the 225 bar and 34 reps of the 185 bar. With his impressive lifting stats, Markle feels it gives him an advantage on the football field.

"I'm very aggressive and feel that I can get through most blocks because of my strength," said Markle. "I have a really good nose for the ball and I get to the ball carrier fast."

Markle also claims a combine-timed 4.59 forty, and hopes to show an impressive size and speed combination at camps this coming spring and summer.

"I plan on going to BYU's camp this summer and probably Oregon's camp," said Markle. "I also plan on going to at least one Nike camp as well."

Markle has sparked a lot of early interest from such schools as BYU, Oregon, Washington and Washington State, among other Pac-10 schools. For right now, BYU is his top choice, and he hopes to earn a scholarship offer from the Cougar coaching staff.

"Like I said, the coaching staff at BYU is the reason why they're probably my top choice right now," said Markle. "I loved spending time with Coach Tidwell while at Junior Day. Listening to him in meetings describe how BYU's linebackers play sounds like it's a perfect system for me. Coach Mendenhall as well is a coach who knows what he's doing. I'd love to play for BYU's coaches at the next level."

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