December 20, 2010
Kenneth Farrow is excited to be a Cougar
The Houston Cougars coaching staff had a pretty tough Saturday by most standards. On Sunday they went right back to work on putting together their 2011 recruiting class. With just over six weeks remaining to signing day for the 2011 class there is little time to dwell on yesterday.
Sunday morning the Cougars got a commitment from three star Hurst Bell running back Kenneth Farrow who was in town over the weekend on an official visit. Although Farrow made a name for himself over the last few years running the ball for Bell, he will switch over and play safety for the Cougars. It's a move Farrow is extremely comfortable with.
"I got to hear everything I wanted to hear while I was there this weekend," said the 5-foot-10, 193 pound athlete. "We talked a lot about academics over the weekend which is very important to me."
One of the most pressing questions regarding Farrow's commitment, in light of the weekend de-commitment of former Cougar running back commit Anthony Webb is if Farrow will be joining the Cougars as a safety as previously reported or as a running back to fill the new opening.
"I'll be playing safety when I get there," said the three star back. "They talked a little bit about down the line maybe having the opportunity to use me in some special situations with the ball in my hand, but my focus going in is safety."
After being a standout for Bell High School from the running back position, Farrow says he is completely comfortable making the switch over to defense and is looking forward to using his experience to help him.
"I have't actually played safety in a game setting since my ninth grade year of high school," he said. "I often practiced at the position though just in case they ever needed me there. They needed me more at running back than they did in the safety spot.
Farrow's excitement about the switch to defense is evident in just one conversation with him and his desire to use his offensive knowledge to his advantage in the defensive backfield is just as evident.
"I feel very comfortable making the switch to defense," said the newest commit. "It's different when you've played defense your whole career. Coming from the running back position you have a real feel for what is unfolding during a play and what is about to happen. You can read the offense a little faster than say another player that has never played on the other side of the ball. Even when I ran the ball I brought a certain physicality to the game so from the safety spot that is a good thing. I'm looking forward to going out and hitting some people for sure. I know for a fact with me sitting back looking from the safety position and looking at the offensive line from the back side I'll be able to see the holes just as well as I could see them from the running back position. Anticipation is everything between a good safety and a great safety. I'll be able to read it as it develops and know that the hole i see is where the running back has to go. I'll be able to meet him in the hole and hopefully it gets ugly."
As Farrow settles back in to a committed prospect status, his reflections back on his Colorado commitment and the events that unfolded once new Buffs head coach John Embree was brought in remain positive.
"I think it might have been a little premature on my part to commit to Colorado when I did and not know for sure the future of the staff," said the former Buff commit. "I had a strong connection with running backs coach Darian Hagan up there and I don't know if he is being brought back in or not, but after coming into Houston this weekend and actually talking to most of the coaching staff and getting to know them all I have realized that you have to like more than just one coach at a school. Everything happens for a reason and I'm definitely happy that it did."
One of the pressing concerns on Cougar fans' minds, following the weekend departure of two commitments on visits to other schools, is if Farrow still intends to take a planned visit to Iowa in January.
"I committed to Houston because I know this is the school I am going to be at," said the shifty athlete. "Houston has everything I want from the football field to the academics plans that I want. I am being brought in to play defense and I knew once they told me that, that it was a done deal. Iowa is interested in me playing running back and I think they came in and offered because they had some guys go down late. If I still were to go, it would strictly be for the experience of it. I have no doubts that Houston is the place for me."
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