In the last few weeks, Florida State’s true freshmen who enrolled early have had the chance to meet with the media via Zoom. As we learn more about them, we’ll include some bio information, quotes from their interviews and post the full video.
Quick facts: The 6-foot-3, 269-pound Farmer will wear No. 96 for the Seminoles.
High school: The three-star prospect is considered a top-50 defensive end in the nation by 247Sports and ESPN. He was a three-year starter at nearby Gadsden County High, playing for head coach Corey Fuller.
Evaluating Farmer: The Osceola’s Patrick Burnham evaluated Farmer this winter: “Farmer is physical and has continued to add size and strength to his body from his junior to senior year of high school. He projects as an interior defensive lineman to me and might be a guy that provides depth early in his career because of his physical maturation.”
You were the first FSU commitment in the class of 2021. What’s it like to finally be a part of the team?: “It feels good. It’s really all I ever wanted. When I first came on my unofficial (visit), I knew I wanted to be here. It’s just home, I knew it’s what I wanted. … I wanted to be the one to help bring (FSU) back. This is what I wanted and I’m all up for it, to help get back on top.”
Do you have an idea what position you will land at?: “I played outside in high school, but I just think I’m a d-lineman. I’m not a d-end, I’m not a d-tackle. I can play both, I’m real versatile. I’m gonna play where I’m needed. I feel comfortable at both.
How did Corey Fuller instill work ethic and mindset to get you here?: “Coach Fuller, he’s just a dog, man. He’s been coaching us like he’s going to give it you every day. I don’t think I heard him tell me, ‘That’s good,’ one time. He never told me, ‘Good job.’ I never heard him say that. The whole staff at Gadsden (County), Coach Ris, they’ve all got that dog mentality. Coach Lyles, he showed me what work is really like.”
What has your relationship with Odell Haggins been through the years?: “I’ve been knowing Odell growing up. He’s been the goat. One of my favorite players was DeMarcus Walker. I kind of model my game after him. He’s real versatile. Just like me. I feel like we’re similar players, play inside, outside. I think Odell helped him get to where he is. If I play like him I wanted to go to the same coach, the same route. You look at the stats, Odell put him in the league. Just listen to what he has to say really.”
You have added 30 pounds. How does that impact how you feel?: “I feel good, quick as ever, jump like a rabbit. I feel good. You can’t even really tell I’m 265. I feel like I’m 250 again. Nothing really changed. I felt like I needed to put on that weight. If I’m going to be playing both inside and outside, I’m going to have to put on that weight.”