Darling's mother, Lt. Col. Leslie Darling, returned home from Afghanistan recently. Though she is stationed is currently stationed in Forth Worth, soon she will be transferred to Fort Leavenworth, where she'll be able to rejoin her husband and son permanently.
For obvious reasons, Leslie Darling hasn't been able to take much of an active role in Jordan's recruitment to date. A 6-foot-4, 230-pound quarterback prospect from Prairie Village (KS) Shawnee Mission East, he's drawn a significant amount of early attention from college programs and a scholarship offer from the University of Kansas.
But Saturday, that changed. She made the trip up from Texas to attend the Kansas spring game with her family, and meet Head Coach Charlie Weis and quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus - the men in charge of his recruitment for the Jayhawks.
"That was pretty much the first recruiting experience that she was able to share with me and my dad," Jordan Darling said. "She was excited, and obviously my dad and I were excited."
Despite the busy schedule of the day, Weis and Powlus spent 10 minutes with the family prior to the spring game - most of it spent getting to know Leslie.
"I think (Weis) really wanted to make sure she felt comfortable having me go to Kansas," Darling said. "And that it would be the right place for me to go and that my father and I would feel comfortable."
As for the game itself, the strong-armed signal-caller left impressed by the offense, which he believed made major strides during the spring.
"I was really impressed with the precision of the offense and the receivers and Dayne Crist, and even some of the other quarterbacks, but especially with Dayne, the smoothness of how the offense ran," he said.
"The team as a whole, from that first practice to the spring game the changes were really significant."