Army offers N.C. signal caller

Aaron Farmer had not heard from Army prior to Tuesday, November 4th. Up until that point Farmer, a 6-foot, 178-pound quarterback, who attends Cleveland High School in Clayton, N.C. not far from Raleigh, had not yet received his first D-1 offer. Now he has. Farmer spoke to ArmySports.com on what he thinks of the Black Knights.

"It was surprising to hear from Coach McCartney because I had not ever talked to anyone at Army before last Tuesday," Farmer explained. "The offer really came out of nowhere. I thought it was pretty cool. I'm just super excited about it and want to learn more. I've been watching Army highlights from last season on YouTube. I like what they do with the offense and think I'd be a good fit within the system.

"Coach McCartney told me they want me to come play quarterback. He talked about, if I went there, how much money would go towards my scholarship. Then we talked a little about West Point Prep. After I got off the phone with him, I talked to my dad about it and he was telling me all of these great things the Army has to offer me especially the benefits I'll have after school. Right now, we're looking at going up to see West Point on an unofficial the weekend of December 13th which is when Army plays Navy."

At Cleveland High School, approximately 20 miles south of Raleigh in Johnston County, Farmer took over the starting duties at quarterback three games into his sophomore season and hasn't relinquished them since. He has led the charge for the 8-2 Rams with close to 3,000 yards rushing and passing.

"We run a spread style of offense with four receivers on the field at all times," he said. "I'm flourishing in the offense more this year than ever because I've been able to put the ball in the endzone a lot more than in the past. Last year, I had the yards and not as many touchdowns. In nine games, I have 893 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns and 2,120 passing yards and 21 touchdowns. I have serious intentions of winning a state championship. We have a good shot but the school I think we'll have to get past eventually is Southern Durham. They've won 19 in a row and counting. My sophomore year we got to the third round. Last year, we got to the second. I believe this one is our year."

This summer Farmer hit the camp circuit hard competing at Appalachian State, Elon, Campbell, James Madison, and UNC-Pembroke. He says those schools are still calling along with one out of the Ivy League.

"The Yale coach told me that I needed to make a 24 on the ACT before they offered," said Farmer. "I'm going to take the test on December 4th. When I look at making my decision (on college) I look at which school is going to best set me up for a bright future. I want to go somewhere I know I can get on the field and play. It doesn't have to be right away. If I have to redshirt or wait until my sophomore year, that's okay, but I want to be out there soon to show what I can do. I'm not too worried about distance. I can handle any kind of distance. With style of offense, I feel like I'm a versatile player and think I'd be able to fit well into any type of offense. That's not going to be a big factor for me either."

Farmer picked up the game at age eight in Pop Warner. His father, James, was a wide receiver at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C.

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