Big Oklahoma RB has Cougs in tie at the top

THE COUGS OFFERED a three-star prospect last weekend, a big running back from the Sooner State who said he knows Mike Leach's offense will pass with frequency, and also that a lot of those passes will be targeted towards the RBs. He says he will "for sure" take an official visit to the Palouse in the fall. Plus, he has the Cougars in a tie at the top of his leaderboard.

Michael Farmer (6-2, 225) out of Edmond, Okla. says that two schools sit at the top of his leaderboard.

"I'd say Oklahoma State (yet to offer) and Washington State are my top two right now," Farmer said. "At Oklahoma State, when I visited there, it just felt like a great environment in a college town. The coaching staff was great too.

"With Washington State, they're a program on the rise and they want me to come in as a running back. I couldn't ask for more."

The Cowboys are recruiting Farmer at outside linebacker. Farmer, who only played on offense in 2012, will line up at RB and OLB in 2013.

IT'S BEEN A busy couple of weeks on the recruiting front for Farmer. After decommitting from Arizona State the first week of July, he started receiving lots of interest from other colleges.

One of them was Washington State.

"I got the offer from them on Sunday and the coaches told me they want me to come play running back for them," Farmer said. "They were telling me they throw the ball 90 percent of the time, but when running backs get the ball, they're able to make plays in space.

"When I first heard they throw the ball so often, I didn't really think too much of it. I told them if I like the campus and their coaches, then I won't let that affect my decision. You never know what could happen. They could start running the ball more down the road."

AS A JUNIOR last season, Farmer rushed for 995 yards and had 19 touchdowns.

"Washington State likes that I'm a big, powerful back," he said. "They really liked my film and said I do a great job of taking contact and continuing to fight through. I can catch the ball out of the backfield too, which will be a big help in their offense."

Farmer, transferring to Santa Fe High from North High this season, holds offers from WSU and Arizona State. He is receiving increasing interest from Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Georgia.

Farmer originally committed to the Sun Devils back in late October.

"It was just one of those things where I sat down and talked with my family and they wanted me to keep my options open," Farmer said. "We want to make sure the college I choose is the best place for me. ASU came to me early and I hadn't really been talking with other schools, so I jumped on the offer. I'm still considering them, but I'm looking at other schools now too."

AS FOR CAMPUS tours, Farmer said he'll head to Arkansas on July 19 for a mini camp and that's his only unofficial visit scheduled at this time. However, he said he's planning on taking official visits to Washington State and Georgia. "for sure."

He added that he's already looking forward to flying to the Palouse later this year on an official visit to meet in person with the Cougar staff.

"I honestly didn't know too much about them before they offered, but I know Coach Mike Leach is a great guy," Farmer said. "I wanted to play for him growing up while he was at Texas Tech, so this is kind of an interesting opportunity for me.

He'll said he also take his time in making his college selection this go-around.

"I won't make my decision until after my football season," Farmer said. "I don't want to jump at anything like I did before. I want to keep my options open and see what schools offer me. If something sticks out to me about a college, then I'll make my pick, but as of right now, I'd like to wait."

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  • Farmer began summer workouts Thursday with Santa Fe. He is still recovering from an ACL injury, which he tore in last year's playoff game against Jenks.

  • Farmer originally began his prep career at Memorial High before transferring to North, and is now at Santa Fe. He told the Oklahoman he just felt Santa Fe was a better fit. He received a hardship waiver and will be eligible to play this season for Santa Fe instead of sitting out a year which is normally required.

  • Farmer is No. 12 on The Oklahoman's Super 30.

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