Farms to Officially Visit UNC

Despite his commitment to South Carolina, four-star prospect Johnnie Farms is scheduled to officially visit North Carolina this weekend.

"I want to see what North Carolina has to offer," Farms said. "I see that they have stood out this year – they've stood out big time. They've been in the AP Top 25. I just want to see what they are talking about down there."

Farms, a 6-foot-2, 306-pound offensive guard from Perry (Ga.), has been verbally committed to South Carolina since late September.

"Right now I'm solid," Farms said of his commitment. "I'll look around, but I'm still solid unless somebody changes my mind."

Changing his mind won't be easy. Farms says South Carolina has everything he's looking for in a school.

"South Carolina, it offers early playing time, it's a nice location, great education, [and] coaching staff is great," Farms said.

Outside of UNC and South Carolina, Farms doesn't believe he'll officially visit any other schools.

Prior to his pledge to South Carolina, UNC recruited Farms hard and tried to get him on campus unofficially to no avail.

After committing to South Carolina, according to Farms, UNC increased its recruiting efforts and Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach, became more involved. Since that point, Pittman and Farms have communicated weekly.

"He talks about North Carolina and coming and seeing what they have to offer," Farms said. "He said I could get early playing time if I go there."

Farms had fought the notion of officially visiting UNC, but Pittman's persistence eventually won out.

"[Pittman] convinced me [visiting UNC] was something I needed to do," Farms said.

Hit hard by graduation – including losing three Division I signees – Perry High had a 2-8 season. Still Farms, who is a four-year starter, was named to his second consecutive all-state team.

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