Kansas checks in with Darling

The Kansas Jayhawks have been hot on the trail of Prairie Village (KS) Shawnee Mission East quarterback Jordan Darling for months, so it should come as no surprise when the spring evaluation period kicked off Sunday he was on the phone with Head Coach Charlie Weis and Co. Phog.net has the latest on his recruitment.

A mid-year transfer from Waco (TX) Midway, Jordan Darling received an offer from the Jayhawks - his first - in late February, and the program has been hot on his trail ever since. The close contact has helped he and his father, Bill, build a strong relationship with his lead recruiter, quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus.

Sunday, Darling spoke with the former Notre Dame signal caller and long-time Weis assistant before hopping on the line with Weis himself.

"We just talked about regular things," Darling said. "At the time I was watching the movie 'Rocky IV', so we talked about that a little bit - great movie by the way. Coach Powlus just told me practices are going well and that they've improved."

That message of improvement was later echoed by Weis, who reiterated their sincere interest in him and his abilities.

"(Weis) just said he really believes Kansas is the right fit for me and my family as well," Darling explained. "And that the system fits me really well. He was just nothing but encouraging and positive."

This is a big week for the newly-minted SM East Lancer, as his mother, Lt. Col. Leslie Darling, will return Friday from a year-long tour of active duty in Afghanistan.

It goes without saying that her son can barely contain his excitement.

"I am beyond excited," he said. "You really have no idea. It really sucks not having your mom around for that long."

When they have had time to talk, Jordan Darling said, the topic of his college recruitment isn't a particularly hot one - for obvious reasons. He chooses to instead focus on how she's doing and her life half a world away.

That will change when she returns home, however, as the whole family plans to attend the Kansas spring game April 28.

"We'll be able to talk about it plenty when she gets back this weekend," Darling said. "She's definitely looking forward to attending the spring game, she has told me that."

Stay tuned to Scout.com and FoxSportsNext for more on the recruitment of one of the most promising young quarterbacks in the Midlands region during the weeks ahead.

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