UA Game: Tanner Farmer

Nebraska commitment Tanner Farmer has more than held his own in Florida at Under Armour All-American practices.

ORLANDO, FL - Ask four-star defensive line Penn State commitment Thomas Holley about Tanner Farmer.

Or Alabama commitment O.J. Smith.

Or a handful of other Under Armour All-American defensive lineman. Farmer has played with all of them. He's also pancaked a few.

"This is a great experience. It's the most competition I have ever had. It's great to be tested and see where you compare to other people," said the Nebraska commitment. "It's a lot of fun out here, but yet we are still getting a lot of work in. This week I really wanted to focus on my hand placement, my hand speed, my footwork, and balance.

A three-star prospect, the Illinois guard has impressed analysts, making Scout.com's "Red Top Five Offense" on Monday.

"I was pretty slow yesterday (Sunday), trying to get back into it, but after I got warmed up I thought I did pretty well," said Farmer, who had a huge smile on his face when asked about his pancakes. "It feels great every time I do something like that, it helps with the confidence. Every time I do that I have a little extra pep in my step."

The Illinois Class 2A defending state wrestling champion, Farmer's practicing this week nearly 25 pounds under his normal playing weight. He's down due to his wrestling schedule, which will resume after the Under Armour game on Thursday.

"I weighed in about 280 pounds this week. I have been trying to put on more weight to get ready," said Farmer, who wants to be at 305 this summer when he hits Nebraska. "It was pretty hard switching between the sports. Some of the major key-points you have, you have to change. Leverage is the same, weight placement is the same, but some of the positions you are in you have to get used to."

Farmer committed to Nebraska over the summer, picking the Huskers over schools like Missouri, Illinois, and Minnesota after blowing up at "The Opening." If he would have let his recruitment go longer, it's likely he would have received a dozen more offers.

The last month of the regular season was an interesting one in Nebraska, with rumors constantly swirling and eventually a vote of confidence issued by athletic director Shawn Eichorst.

Farmer was asked by Scout.com to describe how he felt as a commitment a few states away not close to the situation.

"For me it wasn't hard at all. I knew Coach Pelini was going to be fine," said Farmer. "He's a great coach and I wouldn't want anyone else as my coach. I knew he was going to be solid in his position."

Scout.com and Big Red Report will have more on the All-American offensive lineman in the coming days.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for FOX Sports/Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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