Farmer talks ASU pledge

Arizona State has been pursuing Michael Farmer for several months, and their recruiting efforts have paid off with the Edmond (Okla.) running back. Farmer unofficially visited Tempe this past weekend, and committed to the Sun Devils during his trip becoming the team's first member of the 2014 recruiting class. Farmer and his High School Head Coach, Jeremy Dombek, talked about that decision.

"When I got down there I visited with the coaching staff and toured the facilities," Farmer said of his visit to Arizona State. "I saw the team's pre-game and then watched the game from the stands. Even though they lost it was a good game and I liked how the offense played.

"I really liked how different it was down there. It was really like a resort and I liked the weather."

Farmer was also able to gain perspective on the program from a current Sun Devil player, someone who he could be joining in the backfield in two years.

"I was hosted by D.J. Foster who had a good game (against UCLA)," Farmer commented. "He played running back and wide receiver. He told me that Arizona State is the place to be and that the environment down there is very good."

The 6-2 225-pount Michael Farmer transferred to Edmond North High School from cross-town rival Edmond Memorial, and has been a major part of the Huskies' current 8-1 mark. His team played last Thursday, a schedule that obviously was conducive for his unofficial visit, and in that contest he carried the ball 11 times for 206 yards, and scored five touchdowns, with his longest score going for 93 yards.

Through nine games Farmer has collected 806 yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging over eight yards a cry.

"I think I'm having a great season here," Framer stated. "We have a good team here and it was a good decision to transfer. We were not the favorite to win the championship and kind of snuck up on everyone." Edmond North's Head Coach Jeremy Dombek would certainly appreciates the contributions by Framer.

"He came to us just a couple of days before our summer training started," Dombek said, "and what a pleasant surprise that was. He's been a great football player for us and has worked himself through the system. Really in the last two, three weeks he has really come into his own. The first thing that obviously jumps at you is his raw talent, his size and speed. But he probably doesn't get enough credit for his ball skills, because he has great hands and great body adjustment if he has to go up and get it.

"He really is the total package. He has started to see and understand schemes better and they sky is the limit for this kid. Even though he has played great so far I don't think he has even come close to reaching his potential."

Dombek noted that one of his assistant coaches coached together with Arizona State Head Coach Todd Graham's at East Central University, and is consequently how Farmer was first introduced to the Sun Devils staff.

"Michael has been very interested in Arizona State every since they started recruiting him," Dombek remarked. "He told me back then that if he was given an offer that he would commit there and that's what he did. The coaches have been in contact with him as much as they could and he has developed a great relationship with them.

"I was a little surprised that Michael committed this early. But he's a guy that when he feels comfortable, he was going to make a decision and get all that recruiting stuff over with so he can concentrate on becoming a better football player."

"I didn't expect to make a decision this early," Framer commented. "I thought that I would get offered by them only after my junior year, but they have been looking at me ever since I was a sophomore and I have been talking to them ever since.

"They just offered me two weeks ago. I wanted to visit them earlier in the year and I couldn't, so I said I was going to visit them and see if I like it there. So I went down there and made my decision. I felt very comfortable."

While his exploits at running back have been impressive to say the least, Farmer said that the ASU coaches are exploring the option to have him play on defense.

"Coach Graham wants me at running back and the defensive coordinator thinks I can play linebacker," Framer explained. "They told me that they would probably start me at linebacker and then put me at running back on certain packages. The coaches said they liked my size but also like how fast I am for my size. I run a 4.6 and I need to get better with my footwork."

The Sun Devils still represent Farmers' lone offer to date, and the running back said that he expected schools such as Oklahoma and Texas Tech to offer him in the future. Oklahoma State and Michigan are some of the other programs that have been showing some interest in the Huskies' star.

"He's kind of flown under the radar," Dombek admitted. "But now that the word is out that he has a big time offer I'm sure more people will now pay attention to him. But Michael seems firm in his decision – that's for sure."

Farmer confirmed his coach's sentiments.

"I might check out other schools," Framer said, "but right now my mind is set on ASU."


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