"Oregon State, who has given me a full ride offer, Washington, Oregon and Cal are who I'm hearing the most from," said Darkins. "And just (Tuesday) the head coach of Portland State called and offered a scholarship."
HAVING BROTHER ANDY in Corvallis won't be the deciding factor for Will, with the younger Darkins saying it will be more about where he feels most comfortable.
"I've been down to Oregon State a million times to visit Andy and I feel really comfortable down there, but Andy's supportive of wherever I choose to go," said Darkins. "I definitely look at Oregon State very highly. And I also look at Oregon and Washington very highly, too."
Those three -- OSU, UO, and UW -- sit atop Darkins leaders' list. He'll be in Eugene June 10 for a combine and may attend either the OSU or Oregon summer youth camp.
AS A JUNIOR, Darkins was first team all-Three Rivers League at both linebacker and running back, and also captured second team all-state linebacker honors. Prep coach Steve Coury says Darkins plays defense like a "madman," and he didn't do too badly on offense either, rushing for 1,422 yards and 18 touchdowns.
A recent 40 time for Darkins is a 4.58 but he considers his quickness in getting to the ballcarrier to be the bigger asset.
"I feel like I play at a fast, quick level," said Darkins. "For what I might lack in height for a linebacker, I make up in speed. I just play as fast as I possibly can. So far, it's been working."
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