Although he is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 54 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com, Tabor City (NC) South Columbus jumbo athlete Ethan Farmer is a versatile prospect that could just as easily project at tight end on the next level. He boasts an impressive blend of size and athleticism and has seen his recruiting stock take off over the last several months as numerous schools have jumped on the bandwagon with offers.
One of those teams that has made Farmer a priority is NC State. While low on remaining scholarships to offer for the class of 2010, the rising senior has moved to center stage for the Wolfpack coaching staff as they’ve made him a huge priority. On Sunday the Pack held their first scrimmage of fall camp and invited in several of the state’s top prospects to visit. Farmer was one of several on hand and the 6-2, 257-pound prospect liked what he saw. He had a chance to get an early first glance at what the team is going to look like, and the opportunity to talk to the players and the coaches was too good for him to turn down.
"Yeah, I went to the scrimmage," Farmer confirmed early Sunday evening. "It went well. I enjoyed the day out there. It's a great campus and a great atmosphere. I enjoyed talking to the players. I couldn't even tell you all their names.
"I talked to all the coaches, too. Coach Reed, coach Petercuskie, coach Willis -- every last one of them. Basically they were just saying they'd love to suit me up in red next year. They said they'll come watch me and keep talking to me between now and then."
With offers from schools such as Alabama, Clemson, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech, it should come as no surprise that Farmer wants to take a bit more time before he makes any kind of decision.
In fact, he will probably be making similar trips to other schools before too long. He doesn't have anything lined up yet, but said he would like to attend scrimmages at other schools in the area as well.
Farmer recently listed Clemson, Virginia, Tennessee and NC State as four schools he would like to make an official visit with later in the year. He also said he’s already thinking about which games at NC State he would like to attend this fall.
As a junior Farmer hauled in 15 receptions for 275 yards and three touchdowns from his tight end position. While on defense, he tallied 55 tackles.
Farmer says the plan currently is to wait until signing day before making a decision on his collegiate future.