Holy Innocents Episcopal School's John Farrell has a refreshing view on the recruiting process.
It's a view that you won't often find coming from a top high school football talent such as Farrell but nevertheless it's how he truly feels. And when you listen to him share those thoughts, you know it carries with it a sense of pride, certainty and self-awareness.
"I am being honest with you," said Farrell, who goes by Jack instead of his birth name, John. "I love football and I work really hard at getting better and better but I don't see myself playing in the NFL. I understand that. Football is great but it is going to get me into a school that offers a great education. That is what I am most excited about.
"I want to get an education at an Ivey League type of school. If I go to a school like that and work hard and get good grades I will be set for life."
Farrell's view on the recruiting process and his propensity to achieve high marks on not only the football field but in the classroom has led to some early interest from many colleges that fit his desire in a potential school to a tee.
The talented tight end hasn't officially received an offer yet but the list of school showing strong interest is impressive.
"I have been getting a lot of stuff lately," said Farrell, who has been named to the National Honors Society and the All-Northside Team. "I am getting stuff from the University of Virginia, Wake Forest, Texas, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech and UNC. I have been talking to Furman a lot and I just got a handwritten letter from Yale, which was very nice.
"I have also been talking to Northwestern. I was hearing from Arkansas but that slowed down when they made the coaching change (the hiring of former Atlanta Falcons and Louisville Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino)."
Farrell, whose measurables include a 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame and a 4.6-second 40-yard dash time, says that Furman and Northwestern are in his list of favorites because of his familiarity with the two programs.
"I have been to summer camp the past two years at Furman," he said. "I took an unofficial visit to Northwestern last fall for their Homecoming and I got to meet the coaches and see the facilities and I was extremely impressed. I really like all the Ivey League schools and UVA, too."
As far as position at the collegiate level goes, Farrell projects at tight end despite the fact that he has an uncanny ability to get to the passer as a defensive end.
"I am mainly used as a third-down pass rusher," Farrell said. "I like it but tight end is where I want to play and it's the position these schools would want me to play for them."
With his junior season in the books and his senior season quickly approaching, the player with that refreshing view expects his recruitment to get a lot more hectic in the coming months.
And he doesn't plan on taking anymore visits until he knows exactly who is the most interested in his services.
"I am still waiting to decide more about what I want to do," Farrell said. "My coach just sent my film out to about 50 schools so I should hear back from some of them soon I would think. I just want to make the best decision for my future."
No doubt it will be a bright one no matter which school he chooses.
Holy Innocents' Farrell Puts Education First
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