Ethan Farmer, the 6-foot-2, 260-pound three-star defensive lineman/tight end from South Columbus High School in Tabor City, N.C., has finally scheduled his official visits.
Farmer, ranked as the No. 58 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, says he still favors North Carolina and is visiting the Tar Heels on Jan. 22.
"I like everything about the program," Farmer said about UNC. "I think the team is doing great and still getting better. They've been to like three bowl games in a row and that's real impressive to me."
He grew up following North Carolina and attended the Virginia and Duke games this season season.
"I really like the coaches a lot too," Farmer said. "Especially (defensive line) coach John Blake."
He says the Tar Heel coaches visited him at home earlier this month.
The only other school to already visit Farmer at home was Clemson.
"They were here the week before the Shrine Bowl (week of Dec. 12)," he said. "(Defensive line) coach Dan Brooks was here and he just took the time to get to know my parents better and go over the whole recruiting process.
"He says they aren't sure about what position they want me for," he said. "They're talking to me about both (defensive line and tight end)."
Farmer will be taking an official visit to Clemson on Jan. 15.
"I really get along great with the coaches," he said. "I think they're a team that is improving and will be competing for the national championship soon."
His final official visit will be on Jan. 29 to North Carolina State.
"They said they'd be coming by my house or school after the (holiday) break," he said. "I really like the tight ends coach (Jim Bridge) at NC-State. He's a great coach and has coached some great tight ends in his career. I really like their offense."
Farmer is also still considering Alabama and Duke, but admits he may not have time to take official visits to the Tide or Blue Devils.
"Duke really showed me a lot this year," he said about the Blue Devils 5-7 record. "They came close to a bowl game this year and are getting better every year.
"They've talked about coming to visit me in January too," he said.
Farmer says he won't make an announcement until signing day. "The day I can sign, is the day I'll let everyone know," he said.
"It'll come down to where I want to spend my four to five years of college," he said. "And how good the academics are.
"I also want to go where I can get some good experience and become a better player," Farmer said.
He finished his senior season (5-7) with 80 tackles and eight sacks. Offensively, he had six catches for 115 yards.
Farmer wants to major in sports medicine and reports a 2.9 core GPA and took the SAT in December and says he's still waiting for the results. He says he plans on retaking the SAT in January regardless of his results.
One team back in front for Farmer
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