Breaking down: Zack Darlington

FOX Sports NEXT national recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg breaks down Apopka (Flor.) quarterback Zack Darlington and the fit between him and Nebraska's offense.

Apopka (Flor.) quarterback, Zack Darlington, pulled the trigger on his commitment to Nebraska in June. The Huskers have picked up a player who according to Fox Sports Next national analyst, Jamie Newberg, has all of the intangibles to be a special quarterback at the next level.

"He's not going to be a 4.4 guy, throw a football through the wall or really pass the eyeball test," said Jamie Newberg. "He gets the job done; he's a competitor.

"He's a winner and he's tough. He is a field general. He's all the things that you want in that position that you can't find at a combine."

Newberg says that looking at all of the state's quarterbacks this year that Darlington may very well go on to have the most success at the next level. A couple of the main reasons have to do with his leadership ability and toughness.

"I think that of all of the quarterbacks out of Florida in this class he will probably have the best college career. I don't think that he necessarily has as much upside as some of the other guys beyond college.

"That's not what I am saying at all or looking at beyond college, but I think that he has a lot of intangibles. He led his team to a state championship with a broken bone in his wrist in his throwing hand."

Zack Darlington is the starting quarterback for his father, Richard Darlington, who is his head coach. Newberg has spoken with Coach Darlington who said that Apopka has actually installed plays that he and his son saw Nebraska run the weekend before.

"I had a conversation with Coach Rich Darlington and he actually told me that they have taken a lot of Nebraska plays and installed them into their offense. I think that you can definitely see Zack in that type of offense.

"I think that you can see Zack being able to run any type of system, but you could see him being better suited for a version of the spread or the spread attack because he has the ability to run the football. He's athletic enough to run the football."

When you look at Nebraska's offense and what Apopka does you can see the similarities. Newberg says that Darlington has a special way of elongating the play with his feet and then making a play.

"I think that when you look at Zack what I am most impressed with is what he does when the play breaks down. He displays great poise in the pocket. He never flinches. He can buy time and then make a play with his legs or with his vision and arm.

"He does a lot of different things that would be suited for a lot of different offenses. But, I think for what Nebraska is trying to do that I don't think that you could dial it up any better between Darlington's abilities and Nebraska's offense."

Nebraska has to be incredibly excited about a player like Darlington, but something else to get fired up about may be about where he comes from. Apopka churns out big-time talent annually with one of the nation's best players in 2015 who is already holding a Nebraska offer.

"They seem to have a big-time kid almost every year. I have been doing this a long time and there have been some very good kids from Apopka through that time frame.

"Next year you have a player like Martez Ivey coming out and he's a five-star tackle in the 2015 class. When it's all said and done he will be able to name his school.

"I think that Nebraska certainly has a chance there because he and Zack are close friends from what I understand. It's early, but having a guy like that at Apopka will open up inroads. Like Teddy Bridgewater in Miami for Louisville."

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Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 11 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 13 years.
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