Jamarkus McFarland, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive tackle from Lufkin High in Texas has been one of the most talked about recruits in the country, and he is very thankful for all of the accolades and opportunities that the game of football has presented.
"Yeah it is pretty exciting," McFarland explained. "It is a God blessing. I thank the lord for all of my chances to be somebody. I just try to take it day-by-day and not let it get the best of me."
McFarland is not only a gifted athlete, but he is also a gifted student. His head coach at Lufkin has been quoted more than once saying that eh could make himself anything he wanted to be off of the field, so there is no wonder he is looking strongly at the academic side of things when selecting a school.
"Academics are a big factor, because without football you could still be able to do something and make some money and provide for my family in the future, so it really plays a big part," McFarland explained."
"I want to study Physical Therapy. I at least want to get a four year Kinesiology degree where I can be a coach or a sports trainer and do whatever it is that I want to do."
McFarland does admit that he will try to take all five of his official visits before reaching a final decision sometime in early January.
"The plan right now is to take all five," McFarland informed. "I would like to do the whole thing by the All-American bowl game."
McFarland still seems to have a top three of Oklahoma, Texas, and LSU, and he broke down what he likes about all three schools.
Texas- "(I like)The coaching staff and the fans. They (fans) already like me and they already know me. If I get there and do what I am supposed to do then it will be just like playing in Lufkin."
LSU- "I am liking the atmosphere. The way everything is ran is very nice."
Oklahoma- " (I like) The coaching staff, not so much the environment, but they way they come out and play ball. They come out as a team and they really go after it in practice."