Checking the Mail

Narrowing his decision down to four schools, two of James Farrow's four finalists have yet to offer him a scholarship. If all goes according to plan, that number should shrink by one next week.

MADISON - To say James Farrow is anxious would be an understatement.

After speaking at length with Wisconsin Offensive Line Coach Bob Bostad Tuesday night, Farrow believes good news could come in the mail for him as early as next week.

"I called him to check with how the recruiting process was going and he told me that once the coaches come back from vacation, he's pretty confident that I am going to get an offer," Farrow told Badger Nation Tuesday. "I'd be pretty excited to get this offer. It would give me a chance to play with Coach Strickland again for a program with good history and great loyal fans. It would be a great opportunity."

The Strickland Farrow (6-foot, 170 pounds) referred to is graduate assistant Ben Strickland, a four year letterwinner from 2004-07. After finishing his career at Wisconsin, Strickland coached Farrow during his sophomore season at Minnetonka High School, becoming his mentor and his teacher.

Farrow's numbers (33 tackles, three interceptions) and his status, a three-star cornerback ranked No.64 in the nation by Scout.com, improved dramatically because of him.

"We have some contact because of the NCAA rules," Farrow said. "He really helped me in my workouts and to help me get my name out there. He put in a good word for me with the Wisconsin coaches, which means a lot."

Wisconsin joins Michigan State, West Virginia and Virginia Tech as Farrow's other finalists. Having seen both Madison and East Lansing before, Farrow's upcoming trip east to visit his other finalists will prove to have a big impact on his decision.

"In a perfect world, I would like to go through the recruiting process and take all my officials in the fall," Farrow said. "However, kids commit early and might take my spot, so this trip out there is going to be big for me. I want to see the school's facilities, campuses, meet the coaching staffs and talk with the players to see how they like it."

Unlike last time, Farrow's decision will be final. After committing to Minnesota early in the process, Farrow determined that he wanted to take more visits to find the perfect fit. In turn, the Gophers pulled their scholarship offer, giving Farrow a valuable lesson when it comes to recruiting.

"I made a mistake picking Minnesota," Farrow said. "It was premature. I want to find the right school. I would like to focus 100 percent on my senior season, because that's what's important to me. Hopefully, everything pans out."

Wisconsin currently has six in-state verbal commitments in its 2011.


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