McFadden Shrugs Off Offers From Alabama, Tennessee

FAYETTEVILLE -- Pulaski Oak Grove running back Darren McFadden had recent thoughts of taking a couple of official visits to Alabama and Tennessee, but decided against it and has since closed his recruitment.

"They just kept calling me and sending me letters," McFadden said.

"So, the idea crossed my mind, but I know where I'm going so there's no since in wasting their time or mine."

McFadden was the first recruit to give Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt and his staff a verbal pledge for the Class of 2005.

"It means a lot to me to stay at home and represent my home state," McFadden said.

"I grew up as a kid dreaming of playing for Arkansas. I feel like I'll play real early on either side of the ball."

Through 6 games this fall, McFadden has rushed for over 1,100 yards and scored 18 touchdowns. On defense he's recorded one interception from his safety position.

McFadden was a unanimous choice for top honors for the first time in this month's poll.

The top spot was previously held by Fort Smith Southside wide receiver Slick Shelley.

Shelley held the top spot since the spring.

Springdale High safety Matt Taylor is starting to not only draw attention from opposing high school offensive coordinators, he's also starting to receive attention from college recruiters.

"I'm hearing from Arkansas, Arkansas State and Rice," Taylor said.

"The only offer I've received is from Rice, hopefully that'll change soon."

Most schools are recruiting Taylor as a safety, but he could also play linebacker in college.

"I'm not opposed to putting on 15 to 20 pounds and moving to linebacker, if that's what the coaches want," Taylor said.

"Really, I'm just looking for a good program, where I can get a quality education."

Taylor comes at No.15 again this month.

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