Thursday, February 28, 2013
OKPreps 14 for '14: ATH Michael Farmer
By Bob Przybylo
Is the Class of 2014 crop of in-state talent the best Oklahoma has seen since 2006? With six recruits in the ESPN Watch List, it’s shaping up to be a busy recruiting year in the Sooner State. For the next three weeks, SoonerNation is going to profile the OKPreps’ 14 for ’14: a look at some of the top names and where they stand with OU.
ATH Michael Farmer (Edmond, Okla./North, 6-2, 210, Arizona State commit) 2012 stats: 113 carries for 995 yards with 19 touchdowns, 8.8 yards per rush. Nine receptions for 75 yards, TD.
In-state athlete Michael Farmer committed to Arizona State last fall.
You want the look of an imposing outside linebacker or defensive end? Your search can stop with Farmer. But you need more than looks to play at a college level.
And that’s something Farmer is trying to determine for himself. He has grown up a running back his entire life, but he’s starting to learn his body might not be able to hold up against the wear and tear of being an every-down back.
If the last two seasons are an indicator, then defense is his calling card. Farmer broke his foot following his sophomore season that hindered his effectiveness during the first part of his junior campaign.
After finding his groove, he tore his ACL in a playoff loss that has derailed him even more.
“I’m looking at May right now as when I’m going to be back at 100 percent,” Farmer said. “I’m walking on it again and slowly getting there, but I know I still have work to do.”
Work isn’t a problem for Farmer, though. He said the surgery was a success and now the rest is up to him. Before he tore his ACL, he committed to Arizona State. He still stays in constant contact with the Sun Devils, but he’s open to other schools.
Both in-state powers could be among them as OU and Oklahoma State have both taken an interest. He was at OSU’s junior day and he attended almost every OU home game last season, where he said he got to talk with OU coaches Cale Gundy and Josh Heupel.
For some recruits, a set position is vital to their recruitment. They know what they want to play. But Farmer is not that way.
“No, not really,” Farmer said. “I don’t mind hitting people. I’ve been taking the hits so I wouldn’t mind giving out some hits this time around.”
Arizona State is still the clear favorite for Farmer, but he said OU and OSU are among the schools he will definitely listen to if the mutual interest continues.
“He might be the most natural athlete we’ve had at Edmond North,” Edmond North coach Jeremy Dombek said. “He has been blessed. What he does with it is up to him. Based on his work ethic, I’m not worried. He has one more year to show what he can do, and I know he’s excited about showing he can be healthy a full season and produce.”