December 25, 2008

McFarland Puts Waiting to an End

Few Sooner recruits in recent memory have been more followed by Sooner fans than Lufkin, Texas five-star defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound run-stuffer had offers from around the country but like many superstar recruits from Texas found himself with a final two of Oklahoma and Texas. On Christmas day he made the call on which school would be right for him.

In a report in the New York Times McFarland said he called Sooner assistant coach Jackie Shipp at 12:01 a.m. on Christmas morning to tell him of his intentions to be a Sooner. was able to confirm the reported commitment through his mother, Kashemeyia Adams.

"It's confirmed, he did it this morning," Adams said of her son's decision.

The nation's No. 2 defensive tackle was not only weighing the options of the two Big 12 South powerhouses but also held offers from USC, Tennessee, Florida, LSU, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, and Nebraska among many others.

With so many schools to battle it's not surprising that Shipp wasn't offended to receive the late call from his top recruit.

"No, I'm pretty sure that it's just what he wanted," he explained.

McFarland visited the Sooners on Oct. 17, 2008 for Oklahoma's game against Kansas.

During his U.S. Army All-American announcement he took some time to talk with about his visit and what he thought of his time in Norman.

"It was a great visit, it would be hard to top," McFarland said. "It was a great experience and they showed me another side of Norman that I didn't really know about. I kind of thought it was just some place up on the hill but they showed me it really is a nice place to be and to live."

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