Parade All-Americans

Arkansas commit Darren McFadden (6-1, 210, 4.33) of Pulaski Oak Grove and fellow running back Roy Upchurch (6-1, 195, 4.4) of Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby are both named Parade All-Americans and are among 12 prospects visiting the Razorbacks this weekend.

For likely the first time in the school's history, two Parade All-Americans will be visiting the University of Arkansas on the same weekend.

Razorback tailback commit Darren McFadden (6-1, 210, 4.33) got word on Thursday that he had been named to the team as an all-purpose player while Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby's Roy Upchurch (6-1, 195, 4.4) was tabbed as a running back.

Both will be part of an expected 12 official visitors to Fayetteville this weekend.

"I was both really excited and surprised when they told me today and brought me my plaque," McFadden said Thursday afternoon. "It's just a tremendous honor and one I will work hard to live up to."

McFadden, also named the Landers Award winner as the top player in Arkansas, rushed for 1,984 yards and 27 touchdowns this past season.

Upchurch piled up 2,543 yards and 27 touchdowns this season.

"It's something that you just can't put into words, but I am very honored that I was named to the team," Upchurch said.

McFadden. who will arrive Friday night after his basketball game, is hopeful Upchurch - who is considering Arkansas, Alabama and Florida State - will join him in being a Razorback.

"The competition between ourselves and the other guys will just bring out the best in both of us and make the Razorbacks even stronger," McFadden said. "I'd love it."

The Razorbacks will also be hosting Tulsa Booker T. Washington tailback Felix Jones (6-0, 200, 4.4), who rushed for over 2,500 yards and a whopping 48 touchdowns while being named the Tulsa World's Player of the Year in the state of Oklahoma.

Also expected on hand this weekend will be three top offensive linemen in Atlanta (Ga.) Booker T. Washingtons Duke Washington (6-5, 335, 5.1) and Oklahoma State commits Noah Franklin (6-4, 295, 5.1) of Vinita, Okla. and Chris Hall (6-5, 285, 5.1) of Irving (Texas) High.

Warren wideout and Tennessee commit Ricardo Kemp (5-11, 175, 4.4), who caught 98 passes this season, had moved his visit from next weekend to this one, but had to move it back.

Two standout athletes and football-basketball stars in DeAndre Bryant (6-6, 200, 4.5) of Dunwody, Ga., and Michael Bibbs (6-2, 210, 4.7) of Atlanta Booker T. Washington are scheduled to be in Fayetteville.

The group will be rounded out by UA commits in U.S. Army All American defensive end Marcus Shavers (6-4, 260, 4.65) of Allen, Texas along with Allen quarterback Casey Dick (6-2, 200, 4.6), and , Richardson (Texas) Pearce defensive back Matt Harris (6-1, 170, 4.65) and Houston Yates linebacker Tyrell Graham (6-4, 215, 4.6).

"I'm going to do my best to make sure we get the best by recruiting them myself while I am up there this weekend, " McFadden said. "It's all good.


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