Farms Has Had Better

Johnnie Farms complimented the campus, and noted how beautiful things were, but the 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman from Perry, Ga., didn't have the same glowing reviews most have after their first-ever visit to Notre Dame.

Farms holds close to 20 scholarship offers, and was one of roughly 80 juniors the Irish coaches hosted on campus last month for the first of two junior days. The top-300 player made the 11-hour drive up with his uncle, who is a huge Notre Dame fan and wanted to make the trip.

"They acted like they didn't know who I was, so it wasn't an outstanding trip, like when I go to these SEC schools," Johnnie Farms explained. He holds scholarship offers from the likes of Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, LSU and North Carolina. "It was very different.

"The campus was rich, the buildings are real nice, but it wasn't what I expected. The football there is so huge, I thought the campus would be huge. But it was still nice though."

Farms' game is nice.

In helping Perry advance to the final eight of the Georgia class AAA state tournament, Farms didn't allow a sack from his left guard spot. He reported a bench press of 385 pounds, a squat of 570, and 40-yard dash time of 4.9 seconds.

"I'm a very aggressive player and college coaches see me get after it and push people over," Farms said.

If Notre Dame would like to see Farms pushing people over for them, they still have a chance. The Irish are still one of a few schools Farms would consider that hasn't offered, but they would really have to start showing some love.

"Notre Dame is a nice school," Farms said, adding he doesn't keep in touch with anyone on the staff. "Charlie Weis is a nice coach, and they have a lot of tradition there."

Farms has a 3.0 GPA. He has also taken trips to Georgia, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and Tennessee. He hopes to make a college decision early in the fall.

"Not before the season starts, like the second game of the season," Farms said. "I'm going to go to two schools and watch them play and make a decision." Top Stories