Prospects hailing from the state of Arkansas are often overlooked and underrated, but when a player as talented as Little Rock (Ark.) Pulaski Oak Grove athlete Darren McFadden comes along it’s not hard to figure out he is special.
McFadden very well might be the top prospect to come out of the Natural State in the last decade and he gave his commitment to Houston Nutt and the Arkansas Razorbacks early in the recruiting process. Is his commitment to the Hawgs still firm?
“I would still probably consider my commitment to be strong,” McFadden said. “I would say that I am still firm. I am probably going to take some other official visits though. I can tell you that Alabama and Tennessee are going to get visits for sure. They both called on September 1 and have kept recruiting me so I am going to at least visit.”
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The 6-foot, 198-pound McFadden ran an absurd 4.38 second 40-yard dash time at the NIKE camp in Atlanta in May. He did 14 reps on the bench press, posted a 32-inch vertical jump and had a 4.78 second shuttle.
“I have been to all three Arkansas games so far this year,” McFadden said. “I think they have surprised some people this year. The Texas game was awesome, I hated that they lost, but it was a lot of fun. It was real loud and there were a lot of people. I am going to be at the Alabama-Arkansas game this weekend.”
During his junior campaign McFadden had 204 carries for 2,027 yards and 19 touchdowns. So far through three games this year he has 48 carries for 652 yards and seven touchdowns.
“I talked to coach Danny Nutt from Arkansas the other day and he was just telling me how excited they were to have me,” McFadden said. “He said that they would all be glad when I was able to come up there and get started.”