DESOTO, Texas -- Daylon Tarkington (Fort Worth, Texas/Trimble Tech) had a coming-out party of sorts Sunday afternoon.
Last September, Tarkington’s junior season came to a sudden halt after suffering a broken leg in Trimble Tech’s second game of the season. This spring, the 6-foot-1, 212-pound linebacker is healthy and ready to show his value. It started Sunday afternoon when he won the linebacker MVP award at the Next Level Athlete South DFW Video Showcase.
“It feels pretty good. I didn’t think I was going to get [MVP], but I just wanted to come out and work hard. There was some good competition out there. In one-on-ones, I was just hype and ready to ball.”
Tarkington impressed coaches with his footwork, instincts and overall football IQ. Before his injury, Tarkington was a two-way standout for Trimble Tech, playing both linebacker and running back. In the game he was hurt, Tarkington rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown.
Now that he’s healthy, Tarkington -- who can play both inside and outside linebacker -- is looking to place himself high on the recruiting radar. He has looks from Arizona and San Diego State, and while he said he is open to all comers, there is one school in particular that he’d like to hear from.
“Oklahoma State,” Tarkington said. “It’s not too far from home, and they’ve got a nice program. One of the guys I grew up with plays for them now, Ashton Lampkin. He said it’s real cool there. The coaches will push you, but if you shine, you’ll get the job. Everyone gets a fair shot.”
That’s all Tarkington wants, particularly now that he’s healthy and ready to work. Tarkington said whichever school he chooses will be one where everybody “is dedicated to football and loves the game.”