The stars of summer camps usually come from the junior and senior ranks, but there are always talented youngsters lurking.
Jordan Darling was one of the underclassmen to impress Florida coaches in Gainesville this past week. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound quarterback from West Chester, Ohio, Lakota West didn’t look like a rising sophomore during workouts.
Darling, a 2013 prospect, displayed a very strong arm for someone so young. With his frame, one would have to wonder if he might have to switch positions if he gets too big. But he carried himself extremely well during passing drills and one-on-ones.
“Camp went very well for me and I definitely figured out how hard I have to work physically and especially mentally, and how I’m willing to put in that work to achieve D-I football and, God willing, the NFL,” Darling said. “But I’m focusing on (high school) football now.”
While the NFL is far from Darling’s concern at the moment, if he continues to put in the effort it could be realistic when he becomes an upperclassman. But that’s for another day.
Right now, Darling is doing his best to improve his game. He got a lot of work with Florida quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler last week and tried his best to soak in everything.
Being so young, it can be difficult not to get a little overwhelmed when working out with older, more experienced prospects. For Darling, he’s cherishing his early jump on college coaching.
“I learned how blessed I am because thousands of kids would love to get the personal coaching I got, and I just can’t thank God enough,” he said. “Also, there is a ridiculous amount of things (you have to possess) in order to have a perfect (throwing) form.”
It’s still very early, but Darling has gotten some interest from a couple of major schools. Oklahoma and Florida are the two schools that have shown the most interest, he said. Darling has camped at both schools and is camping at Ohio State this week.
Now is certainly not the time to pick any favorites, but Darling was pleased to get down to Gainesville for a chance to see Florida’s program up close.
“Florida is obviously a great college and I appreciate Coach Loeffler spending his time with me, even with his top recruit, Jeff Driskel, being there,” he said. “Overall, the camp and experience (at UF) was incredible.”