He expanded that list on Tuesday after receiving an offer from Notre Dame.
“Coach (Scott) Booker was at the school Thursday and had me call him. He told me they had a meeting and then he told me they were offering,” said Farrell, a 6-foot-6, 220-pounder from Perry, Ohio. “That was definitely one I was looking for. It definitely changes my consideration. It’s definitely a school I’ll consider.”
Farrell attended Notre Dame’s first Irish Invasion camp last summer then returned to South Bend in the fall to attend a game. He hopes to make it back to campus before making his college choice, but it likely won’t be for the second Invasion.
“I don’t know if I’m going to be able to make it up for that,” he said. “Coach Booker said any other time but he’d want coach (Brian) Kelly to be there so I could meet him too.”
A visit to Michigan State will take place next week and Farrell saw Boston College and Penn State during his spring break. He has visited Ohio State multiple times, including on Sunday for The Opening Regionals.
After the Michigan State trip Farrell will evaluate the pros and cons of each school to narrow his list to just one.
Education will play a big role in that decision.
“Definitely academics is big for me,” he said. “That along with the relationships I have with coaches. I have great relationships with the coaches I have at schools that are in my top four or five. Also it’s how I would fit in and how comfortable I would be there.”
Scout.com ranks Farrell as the No. 8 tight end in the nation and for good reason. He can line up next to the tackle and maul opposing defensive linemen and linebackers or split out wide to provide a bigger target in the passing game.
Notre Dame’s coaching staff feels he’d be fit in well in their offense.
“I think from talking with them at the game I was at in the fall they would use me more as a traditional tight end,” Farrell said. “I’m definitely comfortable with that. I think they all see me as that traditional tight end that can be both physical and blocking and splitting out and running some routes as well.”
Perry High School and Farrell will attend several 7-on-7 tournaments this summer before kicking off the season with two-a-days on Aug. 1.