stunned Ohio State recruiters on Friday when he chose the University of Nebraska, according to the Orlando Sentinel
The decision by the 6-foot-2, 205-pound rising senior quarterback should not have been too surprising, however, because the Apopka (Fla.)
star long has been a fan of the Cornhuskers football program.
Darlington, who led Apopka to Florida's Class 8A state title with a 13-2 record, is ranked as the No. 12 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by 247Sports.com
. He also is the No. 1 player in the Sentinel's 2014 Central Florida Super 60. Last fall he passed for 1,725 yards and 19 touchdowns and used his excellent speed (4.5 seconds for 40 yards) to run for 708 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The son of Apopka head coach Rick Darlington, he told the Sentinel "It was always more like a burning excitement" as he prepared to make his announcement. "I was always told that when you shop around, you become unsure and everyone I've talked to about the process has told me when you are in the right place it's going to feel like home and from the minute I set foot in Lincoln, Neb., I didn't want to leave."
Darlington, who had offers from 17 other colleges, also cited the team Bible study and friendliness of the Lincoln residents as other determining factors.
He regretfully cancelled his visit to Ohio State where he had built up solid relationships with the coaching staff.