Recruiting Trail: Latest on "Slim Shady" (Darrell Arthur)

Many thought that Darrell Arthur would end his recruitment last Monday, after his trip to Lawrence for the Late Night festivities. Arthur, a quiet kid who tries to avoid the media, has said all along that he would take his time making a decision, although he did hint following an "enjoyable" experience at KU that he "might" not finish out his scheduled officials. It should not be surprising, however, that there was no big announcement on Monday, like there was following Sherron Collins' commitment. It also isn't surprising that Arthur will take his official visit to SMU this weekend. The advantage that SMU will be selling: it's close to home. At SMU, Slim Shady will be THE MAN!

Of course, if Arthur wants to win, he'll need a team around him. If he wants to win lots and compete for conference titles and a national championship, he'll need outstanding teammates. In other words, he needs KU. It's hard to imagine that KU is so far away from home that SMU would be Arthur's pick.

Reportedly, Arthur narrowed his list to two favorites: KU and Indiana. I doubt that. I suspect Texas, Baylor and SMU are still in the running. North Carolina, the other finalist, is no longer an option for Arthur after UNC signed other recruits.

I respect Arthur's decision to take his time . . . take his official visits . . . make this decision when he's ready. The anticipation, however, is the worst part (for Arthur, college coaches, and fans). Arthur will feel the weight of the world lift off of his shoulders when his announcement is made. I can't imagine that he wants that pressure on him during basketball season this winter.

Arthur is one of the last top 2006 uncommitted recruits. Despite early statements by Arthur that he might wait until Spring to announce, I think (and hope) we will know something by November 1 - for everyone's sake.

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