Elite OL Has Miami on Final List

At 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, Pittsburgh (Pa) offensive lineman Mark Farris one of the best in the entire country, and he has the offers to prove it. He's one of the best lineman in that area since Martin Bibla. The standout lineman has narrowed his list. He talks about his favorites, his plans for official visits, and talks indepthly about the University of Miami in this exclusive interview with grassy.com.

At one camp this summer, Farris checked in at 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds. He says he's now 6-6. With a 5.14/40 time, he's a very impressive athlete. In fact, he goes both ways at the high school level. Inside the classroom, Farris carries a 3.8 GPA and 1030 SAT score.

Which schools have been calling you this month: I've been trying to narrow things down and I've got it down to about six. They've all been calling - Pitt, Penn State, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, and Georgia Tech.

Which of those have offered you scholarships in writing: All of them have.

If signing day were tomorrow, what's it looking like: I really don't have any one or two favorites. I'm still trying to narrow it down some more. My visits will help me determine that.

Have you scheduled any official visits: Not yet, but I will probably visit Miami, Georgia Tech, and one of the Michigan schools (editor's note: Those three will apparently go along with visits to Pitt and Penn State).

Talk about Miami: They're a great team. I like them a lot, and I think they have a lot of great coaches. I really like Coach Kehoe.

Did you attend the Pitt/Miami game last Thursday: Yes sir. They have a really nice new stadium. I watched both offensive lines. I like both of those schools.

Personally, it sounds like Farris could be another Martin Bibla. He has similar size at this level, and while he's not quite as powerful, he's probably a better athlete. I love huge kids that go both ways in high school. Farris does an excellent job positioning his feet and arms/hands when blocking. It'll probably be difficult to get him out of his homestate, but when it comes to recruiting an OL with Art Kehoe around, I really like our chances, especially when the prospect is showing as much interest in UM as Farris is. Stay tuned.

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