Darks Displaying Leadership

Darius Darks from Pflugerville Connally High School in Texas is the emotional leader on a very young football squad. He energized the entire team when he came back from injury early in his junior season and led them to a playoff berth. Just about every college football program would love to have a kid with this quality. Darks ran down a short list of schools that are showing early interest.

"Honestly, there are a couple of them. Duke started a while back so I probably get the most from them. Texas Tech sends a lot. Nebraska sends a lot. I have gotten some from Kansas, Ole Miss, Purdue and recently a whole lot from Notre Dame. I have only got one from UT," Darks said.

LSU, Oklahoma and Michigan State are also paying Darks a lot of attention. He doesn't have an overall favorite at this time but really likes a Big 10 school.

"I was the most interested in USC, but I am not getting recruited by them," Darks said. "I like Michigan State a whole lot. I took an unofficial visit up there when I was playing in a basketball tournament. I met with their coaches, and I really like them. I have family in Detroit. I have been watching them a lot on TV and reading a lot about them."

Darks was in Austin over the summer for mini-camp at the University of Texas.

"I went to mini-camp at UT," Darks said. "I liked it. It went well."

Darks has experience at a number of skill positions on the football field. He has played quarterback, wide receiver and safety the last two years at Pflugerville Connally. He would probably fit in best at wide receiver or in the secondary on the next level.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Darks had an injury plagued season this year. He had to sit out a couple of games early but came back strong in the latter part of the season and led his team to the state playoffs. As a sophomore, Darks recorded 79 tackles and four interceptions from his safety position.

"It was a pretty good season. I felt like I had to catch up quickly because I got injured early in the season. We did well as a team also. We had a lot of young guys in positions they had not played before," Darks said.

"On the defensive side of the ball, I read the offense pretty well which leads to interceptions," Darks said. "My best quality is making my teammates better. When I was hurt, I had to watch the team play without me. When I came back, everyone was a lot more pumped up."

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