July 1, 2010

Hokies in on 2012 lineman

Virginia Tech is one of a dozen early offers for a rising 2012 prospect. The out-of-state recruit has quickly rolled up scholarships this spring and summer from a number of the nation's top teams.

"I've been fortunate to get some verbal offers," Apopka, Fla. 2012 offensive lineman Ty Darlington said. "I've got 12 so far. I know Northwestern was the first to offer me followed by Colorado and Colorado State. I also got Utah, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Duke, Florida State, Auburn and my recent big one was from Oklahoma.

"I'm really fortunate and surprised by all the offers that have come my way. I've gotten to know a few of the coaches so far and talk to them a bit. I'm trying to go up to Florida State soon and Auburn for a camp. I definitely like both of them, but I'm not ruling out anybody at this point. It's still really early in the process."

One other school has a special place in Darlington's heart, Oklahoma.

"I have strong ties to Oklahoma," he said. "My mom was on the pom squad there and her family lives out there. I've been kind of brainwashed, I grew up watching them since I was a little kid. I even had an Oklahoma uniform when I was younger. I've been to a couple games including the Cotton Bowl a few years ago.

"I went there for camp a few weeks ago and they offered, my mom freaked out. She started crying, so from a sentimental standpoint they definitely have something."

As stated above, Darlington isn't ruling out other teams and discussed what he wants in a college.

"A big part of it for me is academics," he said. "I don't know what I want to major in, but I definitely want good academics at the school and I want to get a good feel from the campus and coaching staff. I want someplace I fit."

Virginia Tech has verbally offered Darlington and he gave his take on the Hokies.

"I don't really know a whole lot about them," he said. "My dad is my coach at Apopka and a friend of his, his brother is a coach at Virginia Tech, Coach Wiles. I'm trying to find out more about them and hoping to go up there sometime this summer."

The 6-foot-3, 265-pounder started his second full season this past year for Apopka as a youngster on the line.

"I thought I did pretty well, I made some improvements, but there is a long way to go," he said. "I'm fortunate enough I got to play with older guys around me last year, I had guys with three years each of experience.

"I think I got better. I'm a little more athletic now than other linemen. I run well and pull well. I've got good feet and play with a motor. I'm still working to improve. I'm trying to be more consistent. There were spots last year I was very good and then some where I wasn't so good. I've got to eliminate those."

A versatile lineman, Darlington plays both guard and center.

The lineman is one of the top student's in his class with an impressive 4.8 GPA as well.

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