High school football: Edmond North's Michael Farmer is Oklahoman's Player of the Week

Running back is not as fast as Adrian Peterson, but his style is similar to the former OU star.
by Ed Godfrey Published: October 29, 2012
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photo - Edmond North's Michael Farmer runs for a touchdown during a high school football game against Midwest City at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Thursday, October 25, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Edmond North's Michael Farmer runs for a touchdown during a high school football game against Midwest City at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Thursday, October 25, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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.


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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