In a good year for talent in Arkansas many are convinced that 6-foot-0, 200 pound Pulaski (Ark.) Oak Grove running back Darren McFadden is the best overall prospect in the Natural State in 2005.
“Arkansas has already offered me a scholarship, but there are a bunch of others that are sending me mail and stuff like that,” McFadden said.
“I’ve been getting stuff from Ole Miss, Iowa, Nebraska, Memphis, Stanford, Auburn and Oklahoma State. I get the most mail from Ole Miss and Auburn and they seem real interested.”
McFadden burst onto the scene as a sophomore when he rushed for 859 yards. He followed that up with a stellar junior campaign in which he carried the ball 204 times for 2,027 yards and 19 touchdowns.
“Arkansas is my favorite school,” he said. “I’ve loved the Hogs since I was in diapers, and I have always wanted to play for them. I am looking at Florida State pretty hard too, because they were always my second favorite team. I’m also looking at Nebraska and Oklahoma State.”
McFadden, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, is a member of the first Rivals 100 team for the class of 2005.
“I was thinking real hard about committing early to Arkansas,” he said. “That was the one offer I wanted, because I thought for sure that is where I would go. I will still probably go to Arkansas, but I do want to take trips and make 100 percent sure that it is the place for me.”
He went on to say that he would camp at Arkansas over the summer and attend the Hogs spring game on April 3rd.