UNC on Top for Farmer Following Visit

After visiting North Carolina for its in-state battle with East Carolina, Ethan Farmer has re-crowned UNC his leader.

"Right now, I'd probably say they're probably first," Farmer said. "Just the D-line coach, Coach [John] Blake. He's a terrific coach. I've seen the way he coached his guys Saturday [and] I liked some things that I saw."

As a whole, Saturday's visit greatly contributed to UNC's ascension in Farmer's mind. The 6-foot-2, 257-pound defensive tackle from Tabor City (N.C.) South Columbus, seemed to enjoy every aspect of the school.

"[The visit] went fine," Farmer said. "I got to talk to the coaches. It was a good day for me. I like the college. I like the experience – the experience there, the atmosphere there, the pre-game. I liked the game – I liked how the whole defense was run. Basically, I just liked the whole college."

Farmer had invitations to several college games for Saturday. He chose the UNC-East Carolina contest because it pitted two schools that are recruiting him pretty hard.

"I just wanted to see how both teams played," Farmer said. "It was nice to see North Carolina come out on top and it was just a great game – and that's what I wanted to see."

Outside of the game, Farmer spent time with the coaching staff and mingled with fellow recruits. Following the game, he met with Blake in his office.

"We basically talked about everything," Farmer said. "He asked me how my high school team is doing, how the football season is going."

Despite having a leader, Farmer isn't any closer to making a verbal commitment.

"I won't make my verbal commitment until February," Farmer said. "I won't make any [college] decision until February.

"I just want to take my visits and have plenty of time to talk to my family about [my decision]."

Although he hasn't begun discussing dates with coaches, Farmer has started to think about official visits. He plans to eventually schedule official trips to Clemson, UNC, NC State, Penn State, and Tennessee – all five have extended scholarship offers.

"I was actually thinking about probably taking my first one sometime in October," Farmer said.

In addition to the five aforementioned schools, Farmer is considering Alabama, East Carolina, and Virginia.

Farmer had initially planned to attend NC State's bout with Pittsburgh this weekend, but he now doubts if he'll be able to make the trip. He has also been eyeing the Clemson-Coastal Carolina game in Clemson on Oct. 31 and UNC-NC State game in Raleigh on Nov. 28.

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