EDMOND — Edmond North running back Michael Farmer admires Adrian Peterson.
“He is a little faster than me, but I feel like I run like him a little bit," Farmer said of the former University of Oklahoma running back now with the Minnesota Vikings.
He probably wouldn't get any argument from Midwest City.
Farmer is The Oklahoman's Player of the Week after scoring five touchdowns — four rushing and one receiving — and running for 212 yards on just 11 carries Thursday night in the Huskies' 49-14 win over the Bombers.
To cap off his Thursday night performance, Farmer took a recruiting visit to Arizona State over the weekend and gave a verbal commitment to the Sun Devils, even though he is only a junior.
“I have been talking to them since my sophomore year, and I like the coaching staff,” Farmer said. “I liked the campus and the facilities.”
Farmer said he still will take some more recruiting visits but isn't necessarily still looking.
“If OU offers me, I will think about it,” Farmer said. “Right now, I am set. I am ASU all the way.”
Farmer, 6-foot-2, 223 pounds, leads the Huskies (8-1) in scoring this season with 18 touchdowns.
“He's definitely got a nose for the end zone,” Edmond North coach Jeremy Dombek said.
Farmer's running style does resemble the player he admires the most. He is a durable, punishing running back who looks to deliver as many blows as he gets on the football field.
Dombek said Farmer keeps getting better as the season progresses and is running with more confidence.
“He is starting to realize he is as big and strong as anyone out there on the field,” Dombek said.
Farmer headlines a talented Huskie backfield that includes Ezel McIntee, Marque Depp and Jarech Page.
“We like our guys back there,” Dombek said. “"We don't necessarily think of it as running back by committee, but we really don't have a true starter.
“Michael over the last couple of weeks has earned more carries, but it all depends on how the game is going.”
Having a stable of running backs keeps them all fresh during the game, Farmer said.
“It helps a lot,” he said. “I will go in series then they will go in a series. Most of the time, I am never really tired.”
Farmer always has been considered the bruiser of the backfield, but on Thursday night he also showed off his speed.
He had touchdown runs of 13, 93, 51 and 19 yards against Midwest City and also caught a 26-yard touchdown pass on the wheel route.
Even Dombek was surprised that Farmer was able to run away from a speedy Midwest City defense on the 93-yard scoring run.
“To rip off a run like that, and go untouched against guys who can run, is impressive,” Dombek said.
Farmer credits his heady statistics Thursday night to the blocking of his teammates.
“There were holes everywhere. There wasn't a spot I had to find one,” he said. “On that 93-yard run, there was perfect blocking on that.”
With one game remaining, Edmond North has clinched second in District 6A-3 and will host a first-round game in the playoffs.
“I feel like we are peaking at the right time,” Farmer said. “I feel like out offense is clicking. It's starting to come together.”
Dombek thinks Edmond North is the kind of team that has the formula for success in the playoffs.
“There is no secret what our identity is and has been,” he said. “We like to run the football, throw the play action pass and play good defense."