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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
2014 ATH Farmer earns Arizona State offer

By Bob Przybylo

It has become a habit for 2014 athlete Michael Farmer (Edmond, Okla./North) to call the Arizona State coaching staff to let them know how his junior season is going.

He said he talks with ASU outside linebackers coach Dan Lanning at least once a week. Farmer made that call again Sunday, except the tone was different. Farmer was telling Lanning about his most recent game when -- just like that Farmer had his first college offer.

Michael Farmer
In-state athlete Michael Farmer picked up his first college offer this week from Arizona State.
“It was kind of shocking,” Farmer said. “I was not expecting to get this offer at all at this point. I’m really excited.

“I’m definitely going to try to go down there soon. I want to show them what I’m made of. They were the first school to show me interest and that means a lot to me.”

Farmer, who is 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, is expected to be one of the top prospects in Oklahoma for the 2014 class. But the biggest question has been which position he will play in college.

Some schools see him as an outside linebacker, while others think he is more suited at running back. As a junior, running back has been just fine for him. Farmer is averaging more than eight yards per carry and has 406 yards and seven touchdowns.

Farmer transferred to Edmond North from rival Edmond Memorial before the season. Edmond North coach Jeremy Dombek was hesitant to throw Farmer into the fire as his prospect was still learning the offense.

He’s not worried anymore.

“Michael has the potential to be something really special,” Dombek said. “His natural athletic gifts are incredible. He’s going to have schools flocking to him, and he is going to have his choice of where he wants to go.”

One of those places could be OU. Farmer has attended both of OU’s home games this season and said he plans on being in Dallas for the Red River Rivalry battle with Texas on Saturday.

“Things are going good with me and OU,” Farmer said. “I’m talking to [running backs coach] Cale Gundy and [quarterbacks coach] Josh Heupel like twice every two weeks. I’m excited to see what they do against Texas.”

Farmer also attended Oklahoma State's home game against Texas two weeks ago and said Kansas State and Texas Tech are also starting to show a lot of interest.

If Farmer had his way, he would play running back. But he’s not at a point where that will stop him from looking at a school.

“Wherever I can go to get a good education and play football, that’s where I’m going," he said. "I just want an opportunity.”

It’s safe to say many more opportunities are going to be coming his way.