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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Another QB impresses the Buckeyes

By Brad Bournival

Lost in the news of Ohio State offering its second quarterback from the Class of 2014 was a very good workout in front of Buckeyes offensive coordinator Tom Herman.

While Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) was grabbing an offer and headlines, Herman was back in Urban Meyer’s old stomping ground to watch Zack Darlington (Apopka, Fla./Apopka) go through a workout.

Everything came up aces according to Darlington, who led the Blue Darters to a Class 8A state title last year.

“I thought it went really well,” he said. “For awhile I was kind of nervous because I really wanted to do well for him and impress him, but I think I played within myself and showed him what I have to offer. He told my dad he was impressed with my size and my speed.”

That would be very good size and lightning speed as Darlington has put on 26 pounds since the state title game and dropped his 40-yard dash speed from 4.6 to 4.43.

He now stands 6-foot-2 and 208 pounds.

“I’ve gotten a lot faster, a lot more explosive,” Darlington said. “I think that was what he was really impressed with. He saw that I could throw on film, but he told my dad when he got there because a lot of people lie about their size.

“I’ve always been one to tell it straight. He seemed impressed, so I was glad. He told me he liked everything he saw. He has to go back to Coach Meyer and see what he thinks. It’s really up to them.”

If Meyer and Co. want Darlington to come up to a camp to June to prove his worth, the 11th-ranked quarterback in the nation is willing to make the trip.

“I think I did well, it’s about whether or not I fit,” he said. “I would think that I would camp. I would definitely want to.

“I like to think I’m more of a competitor than most people. That’s something they look for, someone who doesn’t give up. I’m someone who can stand in the huddle and rally the troops. I’m giving 150 percent in everything I do.”

As a junior, Darlington threw for 1,725 yards passing and 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for 708 yards and 10 more scores.

Darlington has offers from Arizona, Boston College, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Currently, only Allen and Clemson commit Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville) have offers from the Buckeyes.