Signee Update: Ethan Farmer

Two months after signing with North Carolina, Ethan Farmer took his official visit to the school.

"It went great," Farmer said. "I got to talk to the coaches, talk to the players, I talked to one of my former [teammates], Greg Elleby. It was a great visit."

Farmer, a 6-foot-2, 260-pound jumbo athlete from Tabor City (N.C.) South Columbus, took his official visit the weekend of UNC's Spring Game. Besides spending time with the Tar Heels' coaching staff and players, the visit included a tour of the whole campus. The highlight, though, was the Spring Game itself.

"As soon as I stepped on the field, it felt like I was home," Farmer said.

Farmer's recruitment came down to the wire. He didn't decide to sign with UNC over Clemson until the morning of Signing Day.

"I most definitely made the right decision," Farmer said. "Academic-wise and academic support stands out. And then also [I like] the character there at Carolina – how they practice, how they work hard in the weight room, and just the atmosphere there."

Farmer says he and UNC's coaching staff stay in regular contact. He primarily speaks with Sam Pittman, his primary recruiter, John Blake, UNC's defensive line coach, and Allen Mogridge, UNC's tight end coach.

UNC initially recruited Farmer as a defensive tackle. However, when Alex Smith switched his verbal commitment to Kentucky, the Tar Heels' coaching staff moved Farmer to the tight end board.

"They see me fitting in at tight end and they see me fitting in at [defensive tackle]," Farmer said. "For my freshman year, I'll probably just stick on special teams."

Farmer's special teams value will likely keep him from being red-shirted.

"They've talked about me getting to see the field this year a lot on special teams," Farmer said.

UNC would like Farmer to play tight end at 255 pounds. The workout regimen assigned to him by Jeff Conners, UNC's strength and conditioning coach, is helping Farmer trim the weight. However, he lost the most during the basketball season.

Like its football team, South Columbus' basketball squad failed to make the playoffs this past season. Farmer, though, was named all-conference and all-region at forward after averaging 13 points and ten rebounds a game.

Farmer hasn't discussed jersey numbers with UNC, but he's been thinking about which digits he'd like to wear.

"I had 88 in mind, but [Erik] Highsmith has that," Farmer said. "I'll probably ask for 85 or 82."

Although he's fully academically qualified, Farmer is going to take the SAT on May 1.

"[I'm taking the SAT] just to make sure everything is good," Farmer said.

Farmer will start summer classes at UNC on June 17. He says he has discussed rooming with fellow in-state signees Darius Lipford and Kareem Martin.

In the meantime, Farmer is helping UNC recruit Brian Riggins, who has played the past three seasons with Farmer.

"He's like I was last year," Farmer said. "He's doing the recruiting thing, so he doesn't know where he wants to go. I talked to him recently and he's considering [UNC]."

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