2014 ATH Farmer commits to Arizona State


Going into his unofficial visit to Arizona State, 2014 athlete Michael Farmer (Edmond, Okla./North) didn’t leave much room for interpretation.

He said flat out he was going to commit to the Sun Devils before he flew back home to Oklahoma. Farmer was a man of his word, committing to ASU on Sunday.

He has been recruited as a running back by some schools and an outside linebacker by others. ASU said the choice is his and that Farmer will have the chance to play his preferred spot of running back.

“That helps a lot,” Farmer said. “They said I can come here and play immediately. I know some schools saw me on defense, but Arizona State wants me at running back. I have to admit I like that a lot.”

Farmer was offered by Arizona State a couple of weeks ago and has been in constant communication with the coaching staff since his sophomore season.

He made unofficial visits to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State this season and has season tickets for the Sooners. But taking a visit to ASU showed just how serious he was. Instead of seeing the hyped showdown between OU and Notre Dame, he enjoyed being in Tempe, Ariz.

“The weather was incredible. It was so nice there,” Farmer said. “It’s a great campus and something I will have to get used to.”

What helped seal the deal was meeting the coaches for the first time. Farmer had a planned unofficial to ASU set up for July but was unable to make it. He knew that if he felt comfortable, he was going to pledge to the Sun Devils.

“I talked to everybody,” Farmer said. “I talked to offensive coaches. Defensive coaches. And after talking to Coach [Todd] Graham, I knew I was making the right decision.”

Farmer was pumped for his visit, having the best game of his career before he took the trip. He rushed for 212 yards and five touchdowns in a win Thursday.

“Now I can concentrate on bringing the championship to Edmond North,” Farmer said. “When the season is over, I know where I’m going. It’s a great feeling.”