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

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.

ugly columbia

February 3rd, 2009
5:15 am

Columbia and Spurrier have so much in common both well past their prime.. Spurrier without Gator recruiting is average at best.. Columbia is the ugliest College town in the South.. UNC or Auburn will be a much better choice for the kid.. As a fan I hope he goes to an SEC school.. Also Clemson owns Columbia


February 2nd, 2009
9:34 pm

sorry- meant to say UNC may be the righ school for him – I am not suggesting otherwise. But so far he isn’t sure- and someone close to him is trying to push him hard in that direction.


February 2nd, 2009
9:31 pm

Michael – I think it is obvious. Johnnie has someone close to him (family or friend) that is trying to influence him to North Carolina. I’ve heard one particular recruiting analyst that has followed the situation (and has talked to Johnnie several times) say that several times. UNC may be the right school for him. I am not suggesting that at all. What I am saying is that I think you are seeing the evidence that he isn’t sure what he wants to do- but whoever is close him is sure.


February 2nd, 2009
9:30 pm

yougottabekiddingme, That’s just plain HORSECRAP!


February 2nd, 2009
9:12 pm

UNC all the way. Best education.


February 2nd, 2009
9:02 pm

He;s doing what most adults do when they look for a job. keep scouting for the best deal, the best opportunity based on his criteria, not people who never met the young man. And for those of you who think he is playing the sdhools- Alabama seems to have played him a bit too. Everyone is looking for the best match. Just because he is younf and full of promise and opportunity, dont bash him. The comment about his grades is quite perplexing, as I doubt that person is privy to his graqdes, test scores, or other criteria used in assessing scholastic aptitude. Every just think if you had 10 employers or 10 law schools vying for your talents and they all had the same deicion date, wouldnt you seek out the best opportunity? I wish him well,


February 2nd, 2009
8:53 pm

When will these kids who play games with these colleges realize that life does not revolve around them? The sad part is many of these kids do not learn the world does not revolve around them until it is too late. that is when their eligibility is used up and then they have nothing such as in no degree and no job. I realize it goes both ways yet maybe if kids actually stuck to their decisions the recruiters would not resort to the tactics they do.


February 2nd, 2009
8:01 pm

Right Deb, WHO REALLY CARES! My first impression is that he has NO honor, changing commitments like changing the oil in your car. I wouldn’t touch him… Sounds like he has an ego problem. I could be wrong and I really hope I am wrong, but when you give your word, that should be your word! The fact that he is a kid is NO EXCUSE for your word meaning nothing!

Ray Goff

February 2nd, 2009
7:52 pm

Will he even qualify? Guys like this are bad news.

Academics. BWaahahahahahah. Yeah, right.