Shaking Off The Rust

Apopka quarterback Zack Darlington went through the playoffs this past fall playing with a broken bone in the wrist of his throwing hand. After surgery he began throwing this past week and surprised many by competing in the Orlando Nike Football Training Camp.

For Zack Darlington he's just trying to get his stroke back. This three-star quarterback prospect from Apopka had off-season surgery on a broken bone in his wrist on his throwing hand. Amazingly, he sustained the injury during the latter part of his junior regular season. All he did was lead the Blue Darters through the playoffs and to a state title in 2012.

For the first time since his surgery he threw this past week on Wednesday and Thursday. Darlington felt good enough to compete in Saturday's Nike Football Training Camp in Orlando.

"That wasn't too bad," Darlington said. "I had to knock a little rust off. I think I threw better as the day went on. I just can't flick it right now like I want."

It will all come back to the 6-foot-2 and 200-pounder in time. The plan for Darlington is simple, be ready for the May Evaluation process and spring football. That's when all the college recruiters will come through Apopka to check on this three-star signal caller.

"We just want to get him ready and we will see what happens," said his father and Apopka head coach Rick Darlington. "He just started throwing this past week so he wanted to come out here and see what he could do and to compete."

The injury hasn't slowed down the colleges and their offers. Last week Nebraska offered him while Ole Miss did the week before. Virginia Tech, Boston College, North Carolina State, Arizona, Minnesota and West Virginia all offered him since the season ended.

Meanwhile, Darlington and his father hope to get out soon and check out some schools.

"We will definitely get out to visit Nebraska," said his father. "Virginia Tech, NC State and Ole Miss are other strong possibilities to go see sometime this spring."

Then you have to consider the new offers that will likely come between now and the beginning of June.

"I know Ohio State really wants Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga.)," said his father. "But they know he will be tough to flip [from Clemson]. So they are considering three other quarterbacks right now and he's one of them. Auburn is another school that is showing a lot of interest."


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