Charlie Weis and the Jayhawks picked up a fourth commitment in the 2013 recruiting class with the pledge of Prairie Village (KS) Shawnee Mission East quarterback Jordan Darling, now the second signal-caller in the current cycle.
No doubt the reputation of Weiss helped land Darling, who is now at his third high school in three years after transferring from West Chester (OH) Lakota West (the alma mater of Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks) to Waco (TX) Midway for his junior season, and now to Mission East.
Last season at Midway, Darling split time with another quarterback, but still managed to complete over 60% of his passes and throw 16 touchdowns. At 6-4 and 230 pounds, Darling has prototypical size for the position, combined with prototypical arm strength. After seeing him in 7-on-7 last summer, it was impressive to see just how easily the ball comes out of his hand and with good velocity as well.
A three-star prospect by Rivals and rated as a two-star recruit by Scout, Darling also held an offer from Kansas State -- somewhat interesting since Bill Snyder typically prefers dual-threat quarterbacks and Darling is a pure pro-style passer.
Given his natural skill level, Darling would likely be a more highly-considered prospect had he started as a junior and not been such a vagabond, so to speak. The result is that Kansas could have a steal with him, as the tools are there for Weis to mold.
Jordan Darling QB Junior Highlights.mov (via KCSCOUT100)