Farrar Finds a Home in Madison

Atlanta Woodward Academy senior Arrington Farrar has less than a month to find a new college. In the reality, the four-star linebacker only needed a couple weeks, as his visit to the University of Wisconsin in mid-January sealed the deal.

Committed to Stanford for almost a year and a half, Atlanta Woodward Academy senior Arrington Farrar didn’t know if he could find that perfect college with time not on his side.

His fears were erased the minute he arrived in Madison and the University of Wisconsin two weekends ago.

"You know that feel you get when you feel you are supposed to be there? I got that feel as soon as I got on campus,” said Farrar. “I meshed really well with the players, the recruits (Kraig Howe and Alec Ingold) and I thought I meshed really well with all the coaches. I felt really wanted there and having one of the top engineering programs kind of pushed them over the edge."

Reaching his decision Tuesday night and making it official during a school press conference Wednesday, the 6-2, 202-pound Farrar became the final piece of the Badgers’ 2015 recruiting class, giving Wisconsin 20 scholarship prospects, a fifth four-star recruit and a class ranking of 31st in the country by Scout.com.

Unable to get accepted into school at Stanford, Farrar – who reports a 3.5 grade point average – began listening to suitors with signing day quickly approaching and shut off his cell phone to outside media distractions.

“The last couple weeks have been pretty rough,” he said. “I had to take the whole process day by day and use a lot of patience. It’s made me a better person, this whole process.”

He quickly set up a visit to nearby North Carolina January 16-18 and then decided to finally give the Badgers a closer look after an in-home visit with running back coach Thomas Brown and new outside linebackers coach Tim Tibesar.

Farrar was originally offered by then-Wisconsin running back coach Thomas Hammock two years ago following Farrar’s sophomore year. He also had conversations with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and had an interest in visiting Wisconsin, but never did after committing to Stanford in August 2013.

When the new Wisconsin coaching staff came prior to his visit and head coach Paul Chryst joined Brown and Tibesar for an in-home stop after his official, Farrar became impressed.

“When I met the new coaches, they are just overall good guys,” said Farrar. “They made feel wanted. Good chemistry. They’re people I want to play for and am proud to play for.”

“I’m glad I got chance to take a better look at the Badgers and make the right decision for me.”

Farrar chose to visit Notre Dame over Penn State the weekend before signing day. Despite reports that the Irish were the front runner from the start, Farrar stated that he was trying to keep every school on the same playing field. He was trying because the Badgers, in his mind, were already way out in front.

“Everyone was even … well, not really, Wisconsin had a leg up on everybody,” said Farrar. “I went on every official visit open but basically Wisconsin set the bar, and they set it really, really high. UNC didn’t have an engineering program and Notre Dame was fine, but they kind of fell by the wayside and Wisconsin was left. It was the place I was meant to be at.”

Farrar finished his two-year varsity career with 205 tackles, eight tackles for loss, five interceptions, three forced fumbles and two blocked kicks. He did most of the work as a strong-side free safety, but feel confident playing outside linebacker for Wisconsin.

“My main thing was coming down to the ball,” said Farrar. “(My high school coaches) had a couple blitzes for me where I would shoot gaps. Some other times I would play the other safety where I could roll down into the outside linebacker spot. I was pretty versatile.”

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