August 7, 2006

Oregon backer has top three

The Beaver State is not known as a hotbed for college football talent. But every year, Oregon produces a handful of attractive Division-1 recruits. One of the state's more intriguing prospects from the Class of 2007 is Lake Oswego High outside linebacker Will Darkins.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder earned third-team all-state honors after helping his team to a 12-1 record in 2005. At the Eugene NIKE Training Camp in June, Darkins had the top shuttle time (3.94) of all the camp's attendees and he ranked third among all linebackers in the 40-yard dash at 4.73-seconds.

Oregon State, San Diego State and Portland State have all extended scholarship offers to Darkins.

Does he have a favorite?

"Probably Oregon State because they've offered me and I like the school a lot," Darkins expressed. "I have been there to visit my brother (junior linebacker Andy Darkins) many times and I feel very comfortable there.

"I also like Oregon and Washington. Oregon is one of the top 25 teams in the nation and that is really a big factor for me. I want to play for a team that wins. With Washington, I have interest mainly because of their coaching. I think Coach Tyrone Willingham is going to be successful there."

The Aztecs are not in Darkins' top three. "I haven't really heard much about them," he said of San Diego State. "I heard from my coach that I had an offer from them and then I got it in the mail."

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