Alan Darlin of Laguna Creek High School in Elk Grove, California has set a date for his first official visit. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker will trip to Corvallis, Oregon the week of January 9th to see what the Beavers have to offer. Alan has already qualified with a 2.4 core GPA and a 1040 on the SAT's.
"He's the best player I've ever coached," head coach Lew Lassetter told the Daily Democrat. "I wouldn't trade Darlin for anybody. Last year he just dominated. He's a great linebacker and a great fullback and great tailback. We move him around. He has the best hands on the team."
Offensively, Darlin finished the regular season with 536 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground while averaging 7.7 yards per carry. Through the air he was just as effective catching 14 passes for 282 yards and one touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball he grabbed 101 tackles, a 12.6 per game average, one sack, one interception, and recovered five fumbles.
Besides Oregon State, Darlin also plans to check out the University of Washington and Fresno State, although no official dates for those trips have been set. UW, along with OSU and Nebraska, remain Alan's top three, and he plans to make his decision soon after completing his recruiting trips.
Currently ranked the #38 player overall and the #4 linebacker in the State of California, the offers have been plentiful, but Darlin says he is just looking for a place where he can "feel comfortable with the coaches and the players."
Laguna Creek lost to Woodland 27-21 in overtime in the opening round of the playoffs last weekend. The team finished the season 9-3.
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