Minnetonka DB Farrow talks Gophers commit

Minnetonka defensive back James Farrow gave a verbal commitment to the Gophers, but he's keeping his options open after a strong showing at the Midwest Showcase. And he's getting plenty of attention from other schools.

James Farrow, a 6-foot 175-pound defensive back out of Minnetonka recently gave a verbal commitment to the Gophers after being offered a scholarship. His recruiting has started to pick up steam since a great showing at the Midwest Showcase in Ann Arbor Michigan.

Goldensports.net: What is the main reason you chose Minnesota?

James Farrow: My dad went there and also it's my home-state school.

Goldensports.net: Have you spent any time at the new stadium?

James Farrow: Yeah, I went on their junior day and I went down for some of their fall practices. I also went down there on March 8, the day they offered me, to check out some of the facilities then, too.

Goldensports.net: Are any other schools looking at you?

James Farrow: Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, Iowa State. Those are some of the schools that are looking at me. Eastern Michigan offered me the other day.

Goldensports.net: How is Minnetonka looking next year?

James Farrow: We're definitely going to be a great team, definitely going to make a run for state. I'm feeling very confident in the weapons that we got, both offensively and defensively. I think having one of our key players back, wide receiver Austin Harrington [is big]. He's definitely going to be a huge weapon this year. He broke his leg last year pretty early in the season, so that hurt our offense. Having [him] back will be great.

Goldensports.net: Do you play any other sports?

James Farrow: I run track and I actually just gave up basketball this year. I played [basketball] my whole life, but I decided not to play my junior year. I run the 100-meter and I anchor the 4 x 100 relay. I was 10th-fastest in school history as a sophomore [in the 100 meter]. I'm not sure what my time is right now, [but] last year I was running 10.9, 11 flat.

Goldensports.net: What areas of your game do you consider your strongest?

James Farrow: Definitely how explosive I am, offensively, defensively, special teams. I mean I played all over the field last year. I actually was the top kick returner in the state last year. I averaged 46 yards a kick return.

Goldensports.net: What areas do you think you need to work on?

James Farrow: I definitely need to hit the weights a little bit harder. I have a frame that you can put a lot more weight on. I want to be playing at around 185. Right now I am about 175 [and] I'm still growing, and I'm close to 6-1 now.

Goldensports.net: Talk about the Midwest Showcase.

James Farrow: I went against some great guys: DeAnthony Arnett, Shaquille Washington, some of the top wide receivers in the nation, and I fared really well against them, and it really boosted my confidence knowing that I play with these guys that have Texas offers, Alabama offers. Coming out of Minnesota I wasn't quite sure what it was going to be like going against those guys, but I think I really proved myself and I proved for everybody that we got talent in Minnesota and I think we get overlooked. I got named "sleeper of the showcase" and they told me I was one of the top D-backs there. I got moved into the elite group [approximately 35 out of 250 participants] along with receiver Austin Harrington.

Goldensports.net: Did you see more interest in your recruiting after the Midwest Showcase?

James Farrow: Definitely. Right away I was in contact with the University of Michigan – the day after. Also, a couple weeks later Eastern Michigan offered [and] I know Western Michigan has been talking to me about offering. So I definitely got a lot more exposure and I actually got invited to Badger Sports 7-on-7 back at Glick Field House, so I hope I perform well there.

Goldensports.net: You are an early commit to the Gophers. How solid is that commit? Are you planning on listening to other offers?

James Farrow: Well you know, for me, I wanted to commit to the Gophers early because it is such a good place, but I talked it over with my dad and he would still like me to keep an open mind and see what other schools have to offer. I committed to the Gophers a few weeks ago and its really early, so me and my dad talked to Coach Brew and Coach Cosgrove and kind of let them know that we're still going to be active in the recruiting process, but I'm not planning on de-committing from the Gophers any time soon.

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