McFadden Makes It Official

PULASKI COUNTY -- Pulaski Oak Grove High running back Darren McFadden committed to Arkansas so long ago, he has forgotten the moment.

"I don't really remember when. It was sometime during my junior season," McFadden said. "It was a pretty easy decision for me because I always knew I wanted to go there."

McFadden was offered a scholarship by Arkansas following his sophomore season by Razorbacks running backs coach Danny Nutt. He made his decision official Wednesday morning when he signed his letter of intent in front of family, teammates and coaches at the school's auditorium.

"I grew up a Hog fan, and I knew from day one, that that is where I was going to go," McFadden said. "This is something I have always dreamed of."

Even though McFadden made his decision early, that didn't stop other schools from courting him in hopes of changing his mind. Alabama and Tennessee were among the suitors for Arkansas's top running back prospect.

"I wasn't worried about them because I didn't want to play for either one of them," McFadden said. "I talked to them for awhile, and then I was upfront with them and told them I was through with my recruiting process and knew where I was going. During football season it started getting bad with calls, so I just had to tell them."

McFadden comes to Fayetteville with impressive credentials. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder with 4.39 40-yard dash speed, was ranked as the No. 12 prosepct in the country by rivals.com. He was ranked as the No. 2 athlete in the state by rivals.com.

He ran for 1,984 yards and 25 touchdowns his senior season after running for 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior. He finished his career with more than 7,000 all-purpose yards.

To prepare himself to play immediately, McFadden plans to attend summer school and participate in offseason conditioning in Fayetteville this summer.

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