Jordan Darling talked K-State visit

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Although in-state rival, Kansas, got the early jump on Jordan Darling with a February offer, Kansas State has now offered and received an unofficial visit from the talented 6-foot-4, 224-pound quarterback. Darling, a newcomer to the state of Kansas, is sure to learn quickly about the Sunflower Showdown.

"On Monday my family and I went up to Manhattan for the day," said Jordan Darling. "Coach (Dell) Miller, the quarterback coach, showed us around campus.

Then we spoke with Coach Snyder face-to-face for 25 to 30 minutes. He said he liked the way I presented myself, commented on my character and attitude, and said that my parents must be very proud of me. On the football side, he said he watched my film and recognized my arm strength and duality at the position, being able to pass and run well."

Darling is enrolled at Shawnee Mission East in Prairie Village, Kansas close to Kansas City. This spring he's taken a few visits to Lawrence to learn more about the Jayhawk program but came away from Wildcat Country impressed with what he saw.

"Kansas State is a big school with thousands of people, but it has a small town feel," Darling remarked. "The campus is very nice. Everything you need is close to campus. You can tell right away everyone is crazy about the Wildcats. Last year I did watch them play a few times and was very impressed with Collin Klein and the successful season he had at quarterback."

Darling played last season in Waco, Texas at Midway High School. He amassed more than 1,800 passing yards, had a 63-percent completion percentage and 16 touchdowns. Darling was named Second Team All-District (Texas 8-4A) and helped his team reach the state finals played at Cowboys Stadium.

"I'd have to say the area I improved the most was being able to read defenses," Darling said. "Deciphering coverages, picking up linebacker blitzes, and knowing what weakness to attack are all things I felt like I got stronger doing. Knowing when to call an audible is another. I think I improved in the more in mental aspect of the game than the physical side last season."

Darling says his primary focus now isn't with recruiting, but to help his new team win a 6A state championship. The 2011 Shawnee Mission Lancers finished 6-5 falling in the second round of the playoffs to Olathe South.

"I've been at [East] two months, and it has been wonderful," said Darling. "I'm just going to take it one week at a time and put in hard work each and everyday.

"I'm a man of faith. I'm going to let God be the one who guides me to my college decision. My main goal over the summer is to work with and get on the same page as my teammates and get some big wins next season."

Darling will wear No. 16 for the Lancers. He does have family roots to one Big 12 university. Darling's grandfather was a defensive lineman at the University of Oklahoma.

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