Darden, a 6-5, 210-pound wide out from Keller Central High School in north Fort Worth, Texas, came to Boulder to watch CU's spring game on April 19. He had never been to the Rocky Mountain state, and didn't know what to expect. But he enjoyed the unofficial look-see.
"It was really good," Darden said. "I got to talk to some of the players. It was nice."
"They were talking about what kind of offense they have and informing me about the area — because I had never been there — and telling me where they were going with the program," Darden said.
Darden liked how the Buffs used the receivers in the offense during the spring game. He also got to hang some with tailback Darrell Scott, an incoming freshman who was also at the game.
"He was really cool," Darden said, noting Scott's signature was a popular autograph during the spring game.
Darden attends a relatively new high school — Keller Central opened its doors in 2003 and graduated its first class in 2006 — and new football program. The Chargers play in a tough conference, which includes perennial power Southlake Carroll. Keller Central struggled to a 1-9 record last season.
He had 46 receptions for 739 yards as a junior, and scored 14 touchdowns.
He's also taken an unofficial recruiting visit to Texas Tech and said he's currently got the Red Raiders and Buffaloes at the top of his list of favorites.