Darks is happy to be a (K-State) Wildcat

It hasn't even been a month since Aaron Darks said it might too late for K-State and committed to Arizona. And now the linebacker from Texas will be wearing purple.

There is no comparison between Kansas State and Arizona, according to new K-State linebacker Aaron Darks.

Darks, who switched his commitment Wednesday from the Wildcats of Arizona to the purple-clad Cats of Manhattan, is one of two ‘backers in K-State's 2004 recruiting class that was announced today.

"They're just starting out at Arizona," Darks said Wednesday from Lufkin, Tex. "I want to go somewhere where they've already got something special, where they already know how to win and play football. It's going to be a while till they get to where K-State is right now."

The 6-foot-1 205 pound Darks said last week that it would take a great visit at K-State to win him over and steal him from Arizona. And despite the snow storm that hit Manhattan last weekend, he liked what he saw.

"There wasn't a lot to do there, but I think that's good," said Darks, who runs a 4.5 40 yards. "Going there I can keep my grades up and get things done, on and off the field. I liked the attention they gave me and their attention to grades. I want to get my degree."

In addition to K-State and Arizona, Darks also visited Washington State.

The reality of Darks committing to K-State seemed quite bleak not even a month ago. At that time, he hadn't heard from K-State for some time and already had other visits scheduled, none of which were to Manhattan.

"It's almost too late for K-State," Darks said Jan. 16. "I've got my visits set up now. They're almost out the door because it's taken too long to get anything going with them. And if they offered other people now, they may not even want me anymore now."

This season he had 66 tackles and was ranked in Texas' top 100 by the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Darks' surprise switch could prove to be very beneficial to K-State due to its lack of linebackers in this class. Lester Graham of Florida was the only other linebacker to commit to K-State.

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