Madison flips to Arkansas

A great visit to Fayetteville this weekend convinced Dallas Carter cover cornerback Isaac Madison (5-11, 185) he needs to be a Arkansas Razorback instead of an Oklahoma State Cowboy.

University of Arkansas football fans know how defensive coordinator Reggie Herring loves his man-to-man press coverage.

Count new Razorback cornerback commit Isaac Madison (5-11, 185) as a fan of that as well.

"That's all I have done the last three years in high school and it's something I love," Madison said. "It's like second nature to me and I cant wait to be on the field doing it for Arkansas."

Madison, who had four interceptions, six pass break-ups and over 30 tackles this season, was committed to Oklahoma State from early August until Sunday morning when he flipped from the Cowboys to the Razorbacks.

"I had to be a man and call them and tell them that I have decided that Arkansas is the place for me," Madison said. "I wouldn't want anybody playing with me so I didn't want to be playing with them. I am for sure going to Arkansas."

Madison said that Arkansas cornerbacks coach Bobby Allen, who will lose senior Darius Vinnett to graduation and possibly Chris Houston to the NFL, told him he should come prepared to play.

"They said that they are losing like one or two seniors and they didn't know if he (Houston) was going to the NFL or not," Madison said. "But they told me either way they were looking a nickel back and I would have a great chance to come in and compete for playing time at that spot right away."

Madison, who had 8 break-ups and 25 tackles in just four games of his junior season before breaking his arm, was asked his assess his strengths and weaknesses.

"I feel like my strengths are being very physical at the line of scrimmage with receivers and knocking them off balance and off their route right away," Madison said. "I also feel real good about my coverage abilities. I guess I don't have too many weaknesses, but if I had to pick one it would be when receivers make double moves I am so aggressive that I have lost a couple with that."

Madison also was being recruited by Arizona, TCU and Baylor before making his commitment to Oklahoma State this summer and would have ended up there if Arkansas had not come calling.

"I am just very excited about all that Arkansas has to offer," Madison said. "I love their facilities and I really like the intense atmosphere their defense has when it practices. The coaches mean business out there. Thats what I am about as well so I think it is going to be a great mix."

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