2015 Intro: Arrington Farrar

With the University of Wisconsin welcoming its 2015 recruiting class to campus this week, BadgerNation looks at the new Badgers joining the program, like Atlanta Woodward Academy outside linebacker Arrington Farrar.

Commitment Date: 2/3/15

Accolades: Arrington Farrar attended Woodward Academy … ranked as the No. 7 outside linebacker in Georgia, No. 11 in the South and No. 30 in the country by Scout.com … selected for 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Game … first-team Class AAAA all-state selection at defensive back … racked up 107 tackles, six TFLs, two interceptions and seven pass breakups as a senior … helped lead Woodward Academy to 2014 Georgia Class AAAA state semifinals, making 12 tackles and breaking up two passes in semifinal game … finished two-year varsity career with 205 tackles, eight TFLs, five interceptions, three forced fumbles and two blocked kicks.

Recruiting Competition: After originally committing to Stanford, Farrar picked Wisconsin over North Carolina and Notre Dame, his other favorites. He also had offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Clemson, Connecticut, Duke, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

Why Wisconsin? “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. I meshed really well with the players, the recruits, 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.”

Scouting Report: Farrar is a very smart young man on and off the football field. He reacts quickly to his reads and he has very good football instincts. He’s not as explosive as you might like, but quick reaction and anticipation help him get where he is supposed to be when he is supposed to be there.

In coverage, he can cover a good amount of ground and he has very good ball skills. His hands are a real strength to go with his smarts. As a tackler, he is solid. He takes good angles, tackles with good technique, and does not shy away from contact. He may be at his best inside the box, but that depends on how he grows.

Someone who can be used in multiple ways, Farrar covers good ground on the back end and is someone who will come up to support the run.

BadgerNation Prediction: Wisconsin doesn’t often win the signing-day announcement ceremony, especially for a highly ranked player, but this was a major score for the Badgers and running back coach Thomas Brown. In his first (and only) year as a Wisconsin assistant, Brown helped UW land Farrar, both tailbacks in the class and lock up another tailback for 2016 in Antonio Williams.

Farrar did most of his work in high school as a strong-side free safety, and his coaches designed a couple of blitzes for him in which he would simply shoot gaps. He also played the other safety position, enabling him to roll down into the outside linebacker position and roll to the ball. A versatile player, Farrar was a good one for the Badgers to land.

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