Kansas commit Jordan Darling (Shawnee Mission, Kan./Shawnee Mission East) is enjoying an undefeated season, and the three-star quarterback is doing all he can to balance the pursuit of a state championship with the objective of becoming a college-ready quarterback for the Jayhawks.
In four games, Darling has thrown for 772 yards and five touchdowns. He and Shawnee Mission East are coming off a 3-0 win against reigning Kansas 6A state champion Olathe South in what was expected to be an offensive clash but finished as a battle of defenses.
Darling is excited about the rest of the season, and he’s hoping he can enter college with a state championship ring on his finger. A 6-foot-4, 227-pound quarterback, Darling transferred to Shawnee Mission East from Waco (Texas) Midway, where he led his team to the Texas Class 4A Division-I championship game. Midway ultimately lost to Lake Travis (Austin, Texas), a team that dropped from the ESPN 25 Power Rankings last week.
“I’m just trying to keep focus on this week’s game and next week’s game,” Darling said. “I’ve really been working on my timing with my receivers. I’m focused on winning them as many games as I can. Once the season’s over with, I will continue to try to improve and get ready for KU.”
Darling, the No. 5 player in the state of Kansas, said he has some schools still showing interest in him, but his commitment to the Jayhawks is very firm. He speaks to members of the coaching staff regularly, and he works to be as close to perfect as possible.
“I’m just as committed today as I was the day I first committed, I can promise you that,” Darling said. “When I committed, I was very humbled and honored to play for the Jayhawks. Rumors are rumors, and people are going to talk regardless, but I’m just happy to be a future Jayhawk.”