Signee Update: Johnnie Farms

From Day One, North Carolina signee Johnnie Farms will be expected to compete for playing time within the interior of UNC's offensive line.

"When I come in this summer, I'm going to get right to work," Farms said. "[Sam Pittman] said he's going to throw me in the line up. He said he wants me to come in and play right guard for him this year. He said he's going to throw me in the rotation early and maybe I'll work my way up to starting."

Farms, a 6-foot-2, 300-pounder from Perry (Ga.), says he talks to Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach, "a lot."

"[We talk about] just football, getting me up there, asking how my workouts are going," Farms said.

Pittman and Farms have also discussed jersey numbers. Pittman has offered up 54, 73, and 77 as possibilities.

"I wish I could have gotten my number," said Farms, who wore No. 69 in high school. "I don't really know which I'm going to choose."

Farms' biggest obstacle to playing this fall is qualifying. Although he's optimistic, he has some work to do before becoming academically qualified.

"I've got to take the SAT one more time – I take it on June 6," Farms said. "But [qualifying] looks good. I'm going to qualify."

A week after Signing Day, Farms received the workout regimen put together by Jeff Connors, UNC's strength and conditioning coach. Since receiving it, Farms has been following it carefully.

"I've gotten stronger and I'm down to 300 [pounds] now," Farms said. "I was up to 315 [pounds]."

This Wednesday, Farms will leave for Jefferson, Ga. to compete in the GHSA Boys State Track Meet on Thursday. He qualified to compete in the shot put, with a distance of 48' 5.500". Farms says his best throw is 51' 7".

Farms also threw the discus for Perry High this spring. His best discus throw was 144 feet.

Farms said he plans to arrive in Chapel Hill on June 14.

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