Farmer Goes With Gut; Picks SEC School

Jemal Farmer, a highly rated JUCO product, is off the board and he's taking his game the Southeastern Conference.

John Pelphrey scored his second verbal commitment for the 2009 recruiting class on Wednesday, when Cloud County (Kans.) Community College standout Jemal Farmer gave him the word.

Farmer, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound small forward, said it was a tough decision between Nebraska and Arkansas.

"I just had to sleep on it," Farmer said when asked about his decision. "It was stressful for a couple of days, but I feel like I made a good choice."

Farmer, who averaged 17 points and five rebounds a game last season, took his official visit to Arkansas the weekend of September 20th, and came away with a great impression of everyone involved with the Razorbacks.

"Nebraska had been recruiting me since last year, so I had pretty good relationship with those guys," Farmer said. "But I just felt comfortable with the style of play at Arkansas and I had a good relationship with Coach Pelphrey and Coach [Isaac] Brown."

"I felt like it was a good fit for me and a better fit than Nebraska would have been," Farmer continued.

Arkansas assistant Isaac Brown was the point man on Farmer's recruitment, and the highly touted JUCO product said he, as well as coach Pelphrey, played a major role in his decision.

"Coach Pelphrey and coach Brown did all the recruiting with me and I feel really close with those guys. I feel like they were upfront with me about a lot of things and I feel like I can come in next year and make an immediate impact."

Farmer joins Charlottesville (Va.) The Miller School standout Marshawn Powell to make up Arkansas' current 2009 recruiting class.


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