Darrell Arthur is slowly but surely closing in on a decision. With all of the necessary information in place, Arthur, the No. 16 ranked player in the class of 2006, and his mother, Sandra Arthur, are beginning to put the pieces of the puzzle in place. Since returning home from an unofficial visit to LSU, Arthur and his mother have sat down and talked about the best possible situation. It is safe to say that a decision is coming.
"Darrell and his mother are going to sit down again and decide what school is the best situation," said South Oak Cliff head coach James Mays. "It's a family decision right now and Darrell and his mother are going to make the final decision. If they need any input from me, I will certainly give that to them, but its all up to Darrell and his mother.
"Darrell is planning to make a decision before the end of the weekend," he added. "Kansas, Baylor and LSU are the schools that he is seriously looking at for next year. Texas might be in there also, but I don't know for sure. I do know that Darrell wants to have a decision made on or before Sunday."
When it comes to Arthur and his recruitment, there have been plenty of twists and turns along the way. The five-star prospect originally took official visits to Kansas, North Carolina, Indiana, Baylor and SMU.
Before Mike Davis decided not to return to Indiana, it was believed that the Hoosiers were the team to beat for the No. 3 ranked power forward in the class.
Once Davis decided to leave, it appeared that KU was certainly the team to beat for Arthur. However, after a month or so of speculation, he decided to reopen his recruitment.
Connecticut, Arizona, Oklahoma, LSU and others made a run at Arthur, but LSU is the only school that was able to get him on campus. Several media outlets have reported that Arthur has already given a verbal commitment to the Tigers. Others have said that he will eventually commit.
Arthur's mother informed Rivals.com that her son has not given a commitment to LSU. Additionally, a TV station in Dallas reported that Kansas is still the team to beat for the top unsigned player in the class.
As it stands right now, all three schools have a chance at landing Arthur.
"It all comes down to Darrell and what his family wants to do," said Mays. "They will make the decision based on how comfortable they feel with the school that they select. Darrell and his mother will pick the school that they feel most comfortable with."