AARON DARKS, LB, 6'0, 205, 4.5, LUFKIN, TEXAS:
Darks is a speedy linebacker who right now doesn't have the size that many big-time D1 schools are looking for. But if you project how much he can grow, coupled with his speed, then you have quite a prospect.
"My speed comes natural and I use that speed and quickness to offset my lack of weight right now," said Darks. "I played in the secondary when I was in junior high and that has helped me with my feet and balance. I can get a jump on the blockers in front of me, and usually linebacker or fullbacks can't get a shot at me. I play middle linebacker right now, but I think I will move outside in college to take advantage of my speed."
Darks moved into the starting lineup last season and never looked back, finishing with 65 tackles, 5 sacks, nine tackles for losses and two fumble recoveries. Throw in one blocked field goal and Darks had quite a coming out party last year. Darks plays on all special teams, and this past year participated in the high jump in track giving up the sprints.
Darks has been offered by Arkansas and Iowa at this point and he is hoping to hear from the Sooners soon.
"I was really impressed with OU when I was at their camp," said Darks. "I really don't have a favorite right now, but I know that OU is a great school with a great football program. I like Oklahoma, Iowa and Arkansas at this point."
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