Brooks makes impression on N.C. DE

CHARLOTTE — It isn't taking Clemson defensive line coach Dan Brooks long to prove his worth on the North Carolina recruiting trail.

The former Kings Mountain High School coach has already made a quick impression on a newcomer of sorts at defensive end.

While passing through Tabor City (N.C.) recently, Brooks stopped by and paid a visit to South Columbus High School's coaching staff and while there, extend a scholarship offer to their star defensive end Ethan Farmer.

An unknown for the most part, Clemson is just one of a small handful of schools to come across the talents of Mr. Farmer, a two-way athlete who recorded 52 tackles and two sacks the last half of the season. He did not start the first six games of the year at defensive end until injuries and depth issues hit South Columbus along the defensive front.

Farmer, who also caught 15 passes for 265 yards and two scores, ended up playing both offense and defense after that and played all but two plays a game once he started along the defensive line.

"When some of our defensive ends got hurt, I had to step in and step up," Farmer said. "I played both ways and went the whole game."

Farmer was a late addition to the Sports Combine Sunday in Charlotte. The 6-foot-3, 257-pound athlete was invited Friday morning.

"(The combine) basically just helps get us ready for the next level," the rising senior said. "I like getting recruited. It's a good thing… You have to compete to be No. 1."

Farmer is close to getting their at least at the high school level anyway.

"I have put a lot of hard work into football," he said. "I have stayed after school and lifted weights and I'm running."

Farmer was first noticed by Clemson early in the recruiting process and was then invited to a Junior Day session earlier this year. (Roy Philpott/
Besides Clemson, he is also has offers from Tennessee, Virginia Tech and N.C. State. Clemson, Tennessee and Virginia Tech are recruiting him as a defensive end, while N.C. State is looking at him as a tight end.

"It really doesn't matter," he said. "I like to catch and hit."

Farmer was first noticed by Clemson early in the recruiting process and was then invited to a Junior Day session earlier this year. Farmer, who has been clocked with a 4.93 in the 40-yard dash, said he really enjoyed his visit to Clemson.

"I like the campus, the facilities, the coaches and their weight training program is pretty good," he said.

Clemson was the second school to offer Farmer in a period when he got three consecutive offers in a three-day stretch. After Virginia Tech offered on April 15, Clemson followed the next day and the day after that N.C. State offered a full ride.

Farmer says everyone is on the same playing field right now for him, but he did admit he favors the Tigers a little bit.

"If I'm leaning for anybody the first two would probably be Clemson and N.C. State," he said.

Farmer says he is a "B" student and is scheduled to take the SAT on May 2. Besides the schools that have already offered, he is getting interest from Wake Forest, Maryland, Georgia, Duke, North Carolina, Cincinnati, Illinois and Marshall. Top Stories