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 2nd, 2009
2:00 pm

good luck to farms but even if he goes to nc or auburn he is going to be on the losing end to my gamecocks…so farms get ready b/c u going to get spured and go home a loser…remember u come here to columbia in 2010 if u go to nc and u will go back to chapel hill on the losing end…GOOO COCKS!!1


February 2nd, 2009
4:36 pm

Get real. UNC is loading up with so much talent we fully expect to smash the chickens next year.


February 2nd, 2009
5:24 pm

They play football at South Carolina? or UNC? nice. that is news to me. As to UNC being loaded? are we referring to blood alcohol content? Certainly not football talent! ha.


February 2nd, 2009
5:25 pm

come down to TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY,where he knows he will get an education.Football only last until the next down,so have that MIND conditioned to live a grand old life! Gamecockboy you said 2010 what about 2009? Does he have the grades to jump in and compete,or is he JC material?


February 2nd, 2009
5:37 pm

Anyone that commits, then de-commits, then sets up an official visit with a third school (UCF), then cancels the visit with that school obviously has some issues. I would be wary of signing this kid regardless of how many stars he has on Rivals.


February 2nd, 2009
5:46 pm

Nice, Cock. Call a high school kid a loser because he doesn’t want to come to your school. He’s a kid. Cut him some slack.


February 2nd, 2009
6:23 pm

Signing day isn’t till Wednesday and he is free to chose whoever he wants for whatever reason he wants. Whereever he does go, he is going to have to work his butt off waking up at 5am to lift weights and run before going to class. I say good luck to you Johnnie Farms and don’t take any lip from a redonkulous sportswriter. I am a SEC fan but Farms is actually correct, UNC DOES have an excellent academic reputation…the only school in the SEC that is better is Vandy. It takes a lot of courage for a 18 year old kid to stick to his guns and tell that to Steve Spurrier….and what would you reccomend your 18 year old son base his decision on?


February 2nd, 2009
6:47 pm

well me personally even though i know it probably wont happen i think he should Run with the Big DAWGs and sign with Georgia.


February 2nd, 2009
6:51 pm


February 2nd, 2009
7:33 pm

If he goes to SC, the most he can hope for is MAYBE an 8 win season (they only have five in their 116 year football history). The best the Gamecocks have ever achieved is mediocre. Good luck to Farms, wherever he goes.

Ray Goff

February 2nd, 2009
7:52 pm

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

Academics. BWaahahahahahah. Yeah, right.


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!


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
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
9:12 pm

UNC all the way. Best education.


February 2nd, 2009
9:30 pm

yougottabekiddingme, That’s just plain HORSECRAP!


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
9:34 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.

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

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.


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!

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
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.


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
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 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 4th, 2009
6:34 pm

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