Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Q&A: Fla. QB Darlington on spring plans
By Bob Przybylo
A lot of Class of 2014 prospects have been hitting the road in the last couple of months for junior days and spring practices. But quarterback Zack Darlington (Apopka, Fla./Apopka) has taken a different approach.
His plan is to sit back patiently, and attack more in the future. He’s in no rush. Darlington, who is 6-foot-1 and 198 pounds, is the younger brother of Oklahoma sophomore center Ty Darlington.
Class of 2014 signal-caller Zack Darlington said he hasn't heard from the Sooners recently.
It was always the dream for Ty to play for the Sooners. Zack doesn’t have that same dream and is keeping his options open. And he’s adding more options by the day with offers from Ole Miss, North Carolina State and Nebraska, among others.
SoonerNation: The offers are starting to roll in for you. What’s the latest in terms of visits and your recruitment?
Zack Darlington: Not too much. I just had my 18th birthday last week, so that was real nice. I’m not going to any spring games that I know of at this point. I’ll just be watching a lot of them on TV. Me and my dad haven’t actually talked about our plans yet.
SN: You have a quality list of offers, but what are some other schools you’re hearing from?
Darlington: I’m hearing a lot from Ohio State. I talk to them all the time, but they said they won’t offer anybody until they see them in person. I hear from a lot of schools. Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Nebraska. I talk to a lot of coaches.
SN: Any chance OU has joined that list?
Darlington: I wish. I haven’t spoken to them recently. That was always Ty’s dream. He always loved OU. I didn’t grow up wanting to do that. I didn’t grow up wanting to play for a certain school. I just want to play college football. When I got that first offer from Virginia Tech, I realized it could actually happen.
SN: How much has it helped your recruitment by being able to see what Ty went through?
Darlington: In some ways it has helped a lot. He was so highly recruited that he had, literally, like, everyone coming through. But it was different for Ty because he was waiting for that one offer, that OU offer. I’m not waiting for one offer so I’m weighing all of them and trying to decide what’s best for me.
SN: What are the things you’re looking for in a school?
Darlington: One of the big things is to find a good church around the campus. When you go to college, you can go up or you can go down. I want to stay up. And then I want to like the coaches and develop a good relationship there, and it’s important to be comfortable around the campus.
SN: When do you plan to hit the road?
Darlington: Pretty soon. I was going to last week, but it was spring break. I plan on enrolling early wherever I go so I won’t have a spring break with my friends next year. I wanted to enjoy my time with my friends. But I’m going to sit down with my dad, and we’ll figure out the plans soon. I’d love to see Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Nebraska, Oklahoma. I’d love to see them all, but I know that’s not possible. I’m looking forward to the spring when coaches are able to come to the schools again.