Under the the lights of Memorial Stadium during the program'S Friday Night Lights camp, the 6-foot-4, 227-pound quarterback had the chance to throw for his future coaches - and it's one he relished.
"It was a great time to go out there and compete," Darling said. "I had the opportunity to work with Charlie Weis Jr. and (quarterbacks) Coach Ron Powlus. It's clear to me how much knowledge they both have. Now that I'm committed to KU, it's clear to me how much I'll learn under them."
As the son of the head coach, Charlie Weis Jr. is proving to be a unique asset for Kansas football. A student assistant with the coaching staff, he can act as a liaison between the players and the coaches if need be, giving the athletes someone closer to their own age with which to deal.
It also doesn't hurt that he's been learning from his father for a long, long time.
"Coach Weis said his son knows the offense as well as any of the offensive coaches, and it's a really useful tool," Darling said. "And aside from that he's really easy to talk to."
During the camp, Darling believed he threw well, and appreciated the chance to finally work hands-on with the coaching staff.
He also took a few minutes to appreciate where he was, and picture his future in Crimson and Blue.
"It's really special, it really is," Darling said, of Memorial Stadium. "Just walking on the field after the camp, looking around and picturing a packed stadium, playing football. What more can you want? As a player and a student."
His parents, Bill and Leslie, accompanied him to campus, and had the opportunity to speak with the coaching staff as well. They came away with the same favorable impression as their son, increasingly impressed by how respectfully the staff treated all the campers - not just commits such as Darling or Montell Cozart - and their approach to teaching the game.
Every time they speak, they leave a little more appreciative of the fact that they know their son will be taken care of not just as an athlete, but as a young man.
"It's very clear to me they're strong fathers," Bill Darling said. "And not just football coaches."