McFarland Gets Offer From "Way Up There"

McFarland was the district defensive POY.

JaMarcus McFarland heard that a coach from Notre Dame called on Monday afternoon, but the 6-foot-3, 285-pound four-star defensive tackle didn't know what they wanted until he got home. McFarland's Lufkin (Texas) High head coach doesn't allow his kids out of class to get the phone.

When the junior got home, he quickly found out what the Irish coach wanted to tell him.

"I came home and my mom was looking at a scholarship offer," JaMarcus McFarland said. He will be one of the best players to come out of Texas in the 2009 recruiting class. "She was pretty happy about it.

"We get a lot of mail around here, but offers standout.

"She was like, way up there," McFarland continued with a laugh. "Because people around here really don't get too many offers around here from schools that far away. She was like, isn't that the movie with Rudy in it?"

Indeed it is.

Notre Dame is the fifth school to offer McFarland a full-ride. Oklahoma State was the first to step to the table, having an offer ready on Sept. 1, the first day scholarships could be extended to juniors. Nebraska, Florida and Texas A&M soon followed.

"I'm open to all schools," McFarland stated. "That school is really legendary. They have a good program. I'm looking for a school that's going to be good for my studies."

Rudy, legendary and good education is about all McFarland currently knows about Notre Dame. But he'd like to learn more.

McFarland, who wants to major in physical therapy, ranks in the top 17 percent of his class with a 92.89 grade percentage.

He is just as good on the field.

McFarland was named the 15-5A District Defensive Player of the Year, making 46 tackles, with 12 of those coming for a loss. He draws a lot of attention on every play, and helped Lufkin to a 9-2 record.

"I just try and be a leader on the line, and I go hard until the whistle blows," McFarland said.

That style of play has letters coming in from West Virginia all the way to USC and everywhere in between. McFarland bench presses 375 pounds, squats 420, and runs a 4.9 second 40-yard dash.

"McFarland doesn't live too far from Texas A&M, and was in College Station for the Aggies 24-23 victory over Oklahoma State.

"It's crazy up there," McFarland said of the only unofficial visit he's taken. "I liked the college football atmosphere."

McFarland probably won't take many visits until it's time to start taking his five officials. He plans on using all of them before making a college decision.

"I know it will be my senior year," McFarland said. "If I play in the (U.S.) Army (All-American) game next year, I see a lot of people announce what school they're going to there. That will be an option."

And McFarland will have a lot of options to choose from.

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