April 9, 2008

Junior talks about his visits to Texas

With most of the heavy lifting in the 2009 recruiting class already taken care of for the Texas Longhorns, Mack Brown and the rest of the UT staff have been able to narrow their focus to an elite few.

While most fans know about remaining prospects like J'Markus McFarland, Calvin Howell and Kevin Brent, there's another in-state prospect on the Longhorn radar that hasn't been getting nearly as much attention as those more established players.

Keller (Texas) Central wide receiver Jarrod Darden has visited Texas twice in the last two months, once in February for one of the program's two Junior Day events and then again in March for the UT spring game.

So, where exactly does Darden fit in with the Longhorns?

"I talked to coach (Bobby) Kennedy and he told me they were taking one receiver, but if they decided to take two, I was No.2 on their list," Darden said. "He told me they are trying to figure out whether they might take a second receiver. They really don't need a lot of receivers this year because they have a lot of good players."

If Darden seems to realize that the Longhorns won't be able to offer, that hasn't kept him from letting the Longhorns know that his interest in the Longhorns is genuine.

"It was fun to watch them at the spring game," Darden said. "I like watching their offense. I've always enjoyed their offense. I was just checking out their receivers and how they do everything.

"They would probably, well, they would definitely be in my top five," Darden said. "They have been recruiting me pretty hard, but there are a couple of schools that have been recruiting me harder. If a school that has offered me, then I'd list them first right now.

North Carolina and Texas Tech were the first two schools to offer Darden this spring, but a Big 10 school with Longhorns ties put their hat into the ring this week.

"I just got an offer from Minnesota yesterday," Darden said. "They sent me one in the mail. I talked with the coachers yesterday and thanked them for their offer. I'm starting to talk with them more."

The schools that have offered are my favorites right now," Darden said.

As a junior in 2997, the 6-5, 208-pound Darden caught 46 passes for 739 yards and 14 touchdowns.


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