Tigers, Heels tied at the top

ROEBUCK S.C. - This jumbo athlete is a lifelong North Carolina fan that has Clemson tied with the Tar Heels atop his list of favorites.

TE/DT Ethan Farmer Profile

"I've always been a [North] Carolina fan. Ever since I've been able to open my eyes, been able to see and acknowledge what's on TV, I've always been a Carolina fan," Ethan Farmer told CUTigers after Tuesday morning's Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas practice.

"Carolina and Clemson, they're tied right now."

The Tabor City-South Columbus HS (NC) product is considering two other Tobacco Road schools too. He'll go to all four schools on official visits in January.

Farmer said he's scheduled an official to Clemson on Jan. 8, but isn't sure if he'll have to take the SAT that Saturday or not. Originally, he was scheduled for an official visit to Clemson on the Coastal Carolina game weekend.

"If I do have to take the SAT, I'll have to go the week after that on January 15th," he said.

Along with North Carolina, N.C. State and Duke will get official visits.

Scout.com lists Farmer as a three star defensive tackle prospect and ranks him at No. 58 for that position. Whether he plays there or tight end at the collegiate level remains to be seen.

Farmer has only played tight end during Shrine Bowl practice so far. He hasn't heard anything about playing on defense.

"They're talking about both, playing tight end or defensive end (in college)," he said. "I'm kind of interested in both. They'll just have to pick it for me. There's no preference for me. I like to catch and hit. Whatever it is, it'll be a great thing for me."

Wherever he's catching passes or delivering hits won't be made public until early February.

"I'm going to make my decision on Signing Day," he said. "I told everybody in my town and neighborhood that I'm going to wait until then. I'll just go ahead and tell everybody then."

Clemson offer in the spring and North Carolina offered in August.

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