June 7, 2008

Darden back from second visit to CU

Ever since taking an unofficial visit to Colorado in April to watch the Buffaloes' spring game, Jarrod Darden has had high interest in the Buffaloes.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound wide receiver from Keller (Texas) Central took a second trip out to Boulder this past week.

How did it go?

"It was great," Darden said. "On Thursday, I actually committed to Colorado.

"I liked the whole atmosphere and the trip answered some questions I had as far as the position coach (Eric Kiesau). I really like how the players described him. Depth chart and everything else is in my favor at Colorado so I decided I am going to go there."

Missouri, Stanford, Minnesota, Iowa State, Rice, Houston and Tulsa were among the other programs that had offered Darden a scholarship.

"I was actually planning on taking some more visits this summer but when I went to Colorado, I just liked what I saw," he explained. "I don't think any place that I would go and visit would be any better than Colorado.

"Now I can focus on getting better this summer instead of worrying about where I am going to go to college. I think that is going to benefit me."

Offensive line coach Jeff Grimes and wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau are the assistants responsible for Darden's recruitment from the Buffaloes' staff.

"They said they plan on trying to get me to play early because they don't have anybody else at receiver with my size, as far as height goes," Darden said.

A first-team all-district selection last fall as a junior, Darden hauled in 46 passes for 739 yards and 14 touchdowns.

"I think I have good ball skills, my route running is pretty good," he said. "I have good jumping ability. I know how to catch the ball in traffic. So I know when the ball is up in the air, I know I'm going to get it. I'm not going to let anyone else get it."

In the classroom, Darden is an excellent student. He currently maintains a 3.8 GPA.

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