Texan Signs with Tide Tarence Farmer

Tarence Farmer, from St. Pius X High School in Houston, Texas, made a quick decision to play football at Alabama. Assistant coach Lance Ledet tells the very interesting story of how the decision led Farmer to the Capstone.

"Well, what happened with Alabama was this," Ledet began. "Tarance came back from Oklahoma State and didn't like his visit. He said, "coach I think I want to play in the SEC." I said, Tarence it is kind of late now, but I said well, which schools do you like. He started naming a few, and I said I'll call around to people I know."

"I'm from Louisiana, so I called coach Saban. I knew him from LSU. He had signed a few of my kids when I was coaching at Destrehan. I got a tape to him and got him on the phone. We got him up there on a visit, and he loved it. He fell in love with the opportunity to play for coach Saban, who is one of the best defensive back coaches in the country, if not one of the best head football coaches in college football."

Farmer committed before that visit.

"He did commit before he went on his visit," Ledet said. "It was kind of a weird story. He was on the phone, a conference call with Nebraska. We were about ready to kind of commit to visiting Nebraska and at the same time, my phone rang. It was coach Applewhite from Alabama. He said, "look coach we are going to go ahead and offer the kid." I pulled Tarence out and said look here's the offer do you want to go to Nebraska or do you want to go to Alabama. He said, "Coach I want to play in the SEC." That was it."

What if that call had come later?

"He probably would have gone on a recruiting trip to Nebraska," Ledet said. "That's probably where he would have wound up going, but who is to say. It was one of those deals where Nebraska had received all their commitments, but they were still going to trip him in case somebody de-committed or didn't make the grades. Tarence is a qualifier, and that is one of those deals where a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."

Farmer recorded 1,144 yards receiving with 16 touchdowns and averaged 26.3 yards per reception. Defensively, he recorded 48 solo tackles, eight assisted tackles, three tackles for a loss, one quarterback hurry, one fumble recovery, 12 pass break-ups, three interceptions and two touchdowns on defense.

We asked Coach Ledet what it has been like to coach his star player.

"He's been great," he said. "I've been coaching Tarence since he was a sophomore. One thing about Tarence is when the lights come on, he is ready to play. He is a great player, and that's not in a negative way towards practice. He does practice hard, but he's a guy that when the lights come on, you definitely want him on your team."

"He is a great team player. He will do anything for the team to win. He will return kicks or return punts. He plays defense and offense. The kid refuses to come off the field. We can be up by 30, and he'll be saying "come on coach I want to play, I want to play." He just loves to play the game."

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