Farmer names a leader

Ethan Farmer, the 6-foot-2, 260-pound three-star defensive end/tight end from South Columbus High School in Tabor City, N.C., finished his senior season (5-7) with 80 tackles and eight sacks.

Offensively, he had six catches for 115 yards.

Farmer, ranked as the No. 58 defensive tackle in the country by, says he now favors North Carolina slightly over Clemson, North Carolina State, Alabama, Tennessee and Duke. He says all have offered.

"I grew up following UNC," he said about the Tar Heels. "Coach Butch Davis has turned that program around. They were in a slump at the beginning of the year and now they're winning. I like the atmosphere he's created there. All the guys seem prepared and ready to go. They're well-coached."

He says he also has a good relationship with North Carolina's offensive line coach, Sam Pittman.

"I like how he's not trying to force me into anything or pressure me," he said.

The Tar Heels, like most schools, are recruiting him as tight end. Only Clemson is recruiting him for defense.

"Clemson has very good facilities," Farmer said. "It's amazing over there."

Besides the Tigers facilities, Farmer also like their coaching staff.

"I really like coach Dabo Swinney," he said. "He's done a great job too. I like how he pushes his players and motivates them."

Farmer hasn't set up any official visits yet, but says he's close.

"My coach and I have been talking to Clemson and NC-State about taking a trip in December," he said. "I've also talked to North Carolina and Alabama about taking a visit."

The Tide are new to Farmer's top five list.

"I really like Alabama," he said. "The whole university is great. Watching them play you can see they are a winning team. They just go out and win. Coach Nick Saban is a winner."

While not as successful as Alabama recently, Tennessee has also impressed Farmer this season.

"They've got a good thing going," he said. "It's gonna take some time, but they hang tough and I like that about the team."

Farmer says he won't be making a decision until signing day. "I plan on taking all my visits and waiting until the end," he said.

"I want to find a place with good academics and great facilities," he said. "I'll also be looking at the coaches too. I want to make sure I get some one-on-one time with them during my trips."

Farmer wants to major in sports medicine and reports a 2.9 core GPA and took the SAT in October. He says he's still waiting for the results. Top Stories