High school notebook: Edmond North's Michael Farmer to reopen recruitment

Edmond North running back Michael Farmer, an Arizona State commitment, intends to reopen his recruitment, he told The Oklahoman on Wednesday.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: July 3, 2013
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photo - Edmond North's Michael Farmer leaps for more yards against Edmond Memorial during a high school football playoff game at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Okla., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
Edmond North's Michael Farmer leaps for more yards against Edmond Memorial during a high school football playoff game at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Okla., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

Edmond North running back Michael Farmer intends to reopen his recruitment, he told The Oklahoman on Wednesday.

Farmer, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound running back rated No. 12 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit rankings, verbally committed last season to Arizona State, but has since decided he committed too soon in the process.

“I just feel like when I got the offer from them it was big, surprising and all of that,” Farmer said. “I went ahead and took it because nobody else had done that.

“But sitting out thinking, I just didn't want to just close off all of the offers I could get and just go to Arizona State. Lets see what I can get and go from there.”

Farmer rushed for 995 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, but suffered a torn ACL in the playoffs against Jenks.

The Rivals three-star recruit said he visited Oklahoma State last weekend and has been talking with Arkansas.

WARIBOKO-ALALI AMONG LOCALS AT RIVALS EVENT

Casady junior offensive lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali, who recently committed to Oklahoma, is among a large group of in-state players to be on showcase at the Rivals250 Challenge Sunday in DeSoto, Texas.

The camp is for players in the graduating classes of 2015-17, and 14 Oklahoma players were invited to the event.

Also on the list is Clinton junior running back Marquiz Simpkins, who recently received his first scholarship offer, from Tulsa.

Others on the list include: receivers DeShawn Lookout of Westmoore, Akylen Mayfield of Tulsa Edison and Kalin Sadler of Lawton; Edmond Santa Fe offensive lineman J.R. Hensley; defensive lineman Marquise Overton of Jenks; linebackers Caileb Booze of Edmond North, Nate Christmon of Carl Albert and J.R. Singleton of Fort Gibson; defensive backs Markale Moses of Broken Arrow, Ashton Preston of Edmond Santa Fe and Austin Quillen of Jenks; and athlete Dillon Lohr of Carl Albert.

BINGER-ONEY TOURNAMENT REMEMBERS SPADY

Kim Spady found the Johnny Bench Tournament this week in Binger-Oney to be bittersweet.

Spady knows her son Caleb would have been playing for Hinton alongside his older brother Jacob and other players he knew, but instead the tournament was dedicated to his memory and research for the rare brain cancer that took his life nearly five years ago at the age of 11.

“It's hard to see these boys grow up and think what might have been,” she said. “They'd be playing this tournament together, too.

“Knowing that not only is he kind of out there when he wouldn't be, but the opportunity to spread awareness and raise money is pretty incredible too.”

Caleb Spady died from cancer on his brain stem and a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.

Binger-Oney coach Reggie Willits, a former MLB outfielder and Oklahoma standout, approached the Spadys about using the tournament as a way to raise awareness and money for research. Willits has remained close with the family since he met Caleb Spady at a Make-A-Wish trip to a Texas Rangers game.


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
Reporter
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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