Never a boring recruiting moment with Perry OL Johnnie Farms

You can say one sure thing about Perry offensive lineman Johnnie Farms: He keeps things interesting.

Because when it comes to recruiting with the AJC Super 11 selection, everything is unsure. Ol’ Johnnie is going to keep us guessing right up until Wednesday. I’m sure I’m forgetting or missing some things here, but to the best of my knowledge …

  • Farms tried to commit to Alabama, then was told the Crimson Tide were full of scholarships at his position 
  • Committed to South Carolina 
  • Switched to North Carolina, saying it had “a little better education than [South Carolina] 
  • Steve Spurrier drove to Perry, to defend South Carolina’s academics and convince Farms to still take an official visit with the Gamecocks. Farms eventually declined.
  • Scheduled an official visit with Central Florida, and then canceled in part, because it was the same weekend as his grandfather’s birthday.
  • Recruiting trip to Auburn this weekend
  • Upon returning from Auburn, Farms said he is still committed to North Carolina.
  • Farms will let us know on Wednesday if he is sticking with North Carolina, or switching to Auburn. And will there be “mystery school”?

In Farms’ defense, he is very likable and charismatic. He’s just a teenager, with seasoned adults throwing world-class recruiting pitches at him.

Then again, wow. What are your thoughts on it all? And am I missing some other official visits or big news that happened along the way with Farms? What is your prediction for Farms on signing day? Is there another Georgia player who has had a more “exciting” recruiting journey than Farms? If so, whom?

One more thing: Don’t forget to make your NSD predictions right here.

27 comments Add your comment


February 4th, 2009
6:34 pm

Well, I got the record backwards. It’s 34-17-4 in favor of UNC.


February 4th, 2009
5:50 pm

Cock ‘n’ Bull

February 3rd, 2009
8:47 am
I don’t care where Farms goes. He can go to Auburn and play for a coach named something like “Cheezit,” or N. Carolina who lost to a S.Carolina team that played only one half of football with a backup QB. And, at UNC he will second fiddle to the Bball team and wear powderpuff blue. That’ll be cute, although they have mixed in dark blue to look more like Duke now.
Well, Cock and Bull, you’re named appropiately. The last time South Carolina played North Carolina was in 2008 and they had no quarterback problem. The SEC officials in the first five minutes of the game gave South Carolina a touchdown and stole a touchdown from UNC. I said during the game, after the game and ever since the game that if it were my decision no SEC official would set foot on Kenan Stadium soil again. South Carolina won by seven. Spurrier cried about how lousy his team played after that game. Your record against UNC is 34-17-4. You’ve lost two for every one you’ve won, and that’s all you’ve got to brag about.
South Carolina is the graveyard of coaches. So far, Frank McGuire is the only coach to win at a National Championship caliber level there and he couldn’t do it after you pulled out of the ACC because of the ACC’s rule that an athelete had to score 800 on the SAT and Paul Dietzel couldn’t find players that intelligent that would go to South Carolina. An 800 score means you can spell your name and usually find the classroom unassisted.
South Carolina ended the coaching careers of some very good coaches. Hall of Famer McGuire, Eddie Fogler, Paul Deitzel, Dave Odom and Lou Holtz. It remains to be seen if Spurrier will survive. If he doesn’t it’ll be fitting since a friend of mine who went to Science Hill High in Johnson City Tennessee with him told me that he was, let’s say, a jerk (he used an A word) then too.
As for “Carolina Blue”, you’d be hard pressed to find any college ball fan in the country that doesn’t recognize it. You’d be just as hard pressed to find anyone outside of the southeast who has a clue what South Carolina’s colors are. That would be because South Carolina’s athletic program is just as pathetic as it’s academics.


February 3rd, 2009
1:03 pm

Does anybody know what the word COMMITMENT means anymore? I have heard there was a time when your word actually meant something. these guys can visit a hundred schools if they want to, heck I would, but once you commit, that should be it. If you want to wait till signing day thats fine, just don’t commit!


February 3rd, 2009
11:24 am

I visited and applied to several colleges when I was deciding where to go and I wasn’t playing football. He has to decide where he feels that he will be the most successful – academically, athletically, and socially. He is doing what all high school seniors should be doing.


February 3rd, 2009
11:23 am

The fact that the AJC lists Farms as a “top” recruit is funny. All the major schools (SEC) have passed on him with no regrets.

Atlanta Native

February 3rd, 2009
11:07 am

Look at his picture….he is trying to give the impression of the quintessential angry black man. Let him switch again…I am with Deb…who cares?


February 3rd, 2009
8:54 am

I know this kid well. He is a straight A student and is well qualified. He is just a kid having to deal with adults who are filling his head with promises. Keep an eye on him, you just might see him playing on Sundays. He is that good!