March 25, 2013

Farmer is Growing a Reputation










Oklahoma's recruiting has been more aggressive in the 2014 class than any of it's predecessors in the Bob Stoops era and, perhaps, ever. But one position that has seen little activity, in spite of the reality that most expect the Sooners to make a move at one point or another though they have not as of yet is fullback.

With the impending graduation of to-be four-year starter Trey Millard many assume the Sooners will seek out another scholarship target in spite of the anticipated 2014 return of Aaron Ripkowski, who was recently placed on scholarship after spending two years as a walk-on.

One player that some have thought could fill that role is Edmond (Okla.) North running back Michael Farmer. The talented 6-foot-1, 207-pound back is currently committed to Arizona State but since that commitment hasn't seen his recruiting take off in the manner than many expected it could. The delayed advancement of his stature in recruiting is due, in no small part, to a serious knee injury he suffered last year in the 6A playoffs.

The injury came just as he seemed to find his feet for the Huskies, who were at one point ranked No. 1 in the state by various publications.

The delay is also due in part to his change of schools, which contributed to a delayed emergence in playing time at North. However, as more and more schools get it sorted out just what high school hallways Farmer is frequenting he is seeing his recruiting attention growing quickly. And as he continues rehab the attention only figures to grow.

"Just going through physical therapy, still working with my upper body and I'm about to get ready to start jogging, and some slow jogging," Farmer said recently.

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