High School Accolades: 1st team Class AAAA All-State (GA), 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Game
Senior Stats: 107 tackles, 6.0 TFLs, 2 INTs, 7 passes defensed
Our View: Given the loss of highly-rated linebacker Jordan Griffin, the Badgers needed some good news to end national signing day. They got jus that with Arrington Farrar coming on board as the 20th and last commit for the 2015 class.
Farrar played safety in high school, but his frame and size scream outside linebacker in Dave Aranda’s 3-4 defense. Wisconsin needs playmakers and more playmakers if it wants to compete at the Ohio State level in the future, and Farrar is just that.
He’s got great instincts for the football and also possesses some good ability to snuff out the play from the backfield. He’ll have to transition that to being closer to the line of scrimmage on every down, but a quick look at the film and you see he played more of the Michael Caputo role at his school, if you will.
His transition to full-time linebacker might not be as hard as some imagine it to be given how close he was playing on the line of scrimmage. What will be different is dealing with offensive linemen on an every down basis, and that means he’ll have to learn the finer points of hand fighting and positioning off blocks.
Even so, this kid is a heavy hitter and loves being in opposing backfields — exactly what the Badgers need at outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense.
Wisconsin landing another player out of the state of Georgia can’t be underrated, and neither can the work done by running back coach Thomas Brown in landing him down the final stretch.