London's Calling

Madre London

Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas tailback Madre London (6-1, 205) grew up in Arkansas and is hoping an offer from the Razorbacks is coming soon to join the four he already has received.

Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas tailback Madre London (6-1, 205, 4.6) already has four scholarship offers, but there's one that would be special that he hopes arrives soon.

That would be one from University of Arkansas – whose football program London grew up loving while living in Bryant until he was 15.

"I grew up loving the Razorbacks and that's the offer I really want and hope comes soon," London said. "I really think the new staff is going to get the program back going the right way and it would be great to be a part of that.

"I would like to be the big back like Darren McFadden used to be for Arkansas," London said. "That is a goal of mine."

London – who has a 36-inch vertical jump - is excited about what he knows about new Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and his time at Wisconsin.

"He really loves running the football and helped develop Monte Ball into one of the best running backs in the college game," London said. "It looks like he has hired a great group of assistant coaches."

London rushed for 969 yards and 13 touchdowns as a freshman at Bryant.

His family then moved to Florida where he rushed for 500 yards and four touchdowns last season while actually lining up at fullback a majority of the time.

London – who was in Arkansas' July camp last year - was part of a star-studded St. Thomas Aquinas backfield that helped lead the Raiders to the Class 7A state title.

STA was 3-2 at one point, but won its last 10 games to grab the school's seventh state title.

"We had three backs that carried the ball a lot it worked really well for us because no one could key on any one of us," London said. "I started at fullback and probably got half my carries there and half at tailback."

That performance was enough to land offers from Cincinnati, Rutgers, Boston College and recently South Carolina.

"It's been fun to get the offers and know that my hard work is paying off," London said. "I just hope they keep rolling in and I get the one from Arkansas."

He is working on both his strengths and weaknesses.

"You can always get better at everything," London said. "I feel like I have good size and run hard, but want to get my speed down from a 4.6 to a 4.5 (in the 40-yard dash) and just become a better overall player."

London is planning on visiting Arkansas again this summer along with a pair of teammates in junior defensive lineman Anthony Moten and wide receiver Corey Holmes.

"I am looking forward to getting up there his summer right before camp and meeting with the coaches and looking everything over," London said. "Hopefully it all works out."





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