Signing Day: Ga. prep star Farrar picks Wisconsin over Notre Dame

Signing Day: Ga. prep star Farrar picks Wisconsin over Notre Dame

Published Feb. 4, 2015 5:51 p.m. ET

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Perhaps it was the red specks in his bow tie that revealed the ultimate surprise.

Or maybe it was the simple continuation of a love affair with cherry-red apparel -- a nod to the standout color from his prep days.

Either way, Arrington Farrar -- a four-star recruit, All-State selection and Watkins Award finalist -- will be calling the University of Wisconsin home for the next four years.

On Wednesday, aka National Signing Day, the Badgers secured the Letter Of Intent commitment from Farrar, the state of Georgia's 31st-ranked senior talent (source: and one of the South region's most prominent blue-chippers at outside linebacker.


Before a large group of friends, family and schoolmates at prestigious Woodward Academy, Farrar ended the suspense of his college selection -- ultimately choosing Wisconsin (and new head coach Paul Chryst) over Notre Dame and head coach Brian Kelly.

"(The turning point) was the engineering program mostly, and the way I meshed with the (Badgers) players and coaches," said Farrar, who had never met Chryst as Pitt's coach, before succeeding Gary Andersen (now with Oregon State) in early January. "I felt like it was almost a perfect fit at Wisconsin."

(See Farrar's drama-filled decision below.)