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Super 30: Michael Farmer finds a home

After moving in with Mike and Marci Hensley, running back hopes his transfer to Edmond Santa Fe will work out.
by Jacob Unruh Published: July 16, 2013

— For Michael Farmer, change has been inevitable.

The 6-foot-2, 207-pound running back just completed his second transfer among the Edmond Schools, moving this time from Edmond North to Edmond Santa Fe.

The transfer comes on the heels of Farmer reopening his recruitment after committing as a junior to Arizona State.

But he may have found a home by moving in with Mike and Marci Hensley, the parents of former Edmond Santa Fe pitcher and New York Yankees draft pick Ty Hensley and current Wolves junior offensive lineman J.R. Hensley. Farmer moved in with them more than a month ago and recently received a hardship waiver, meeting the requirements of Edmond Schools Policy 4850 to be eligible to play this season after the family agreed together that he should transfer.

“We thought if I moved in with them, it would be better,” said Farmer, who declines to talk about his family situation outside of the Hensleys.

Farmer enters the 2013 season ranked No. 12 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit rankings for 2014 after rushing for 995 yards and 19 touchdowns at Edmond North last year before his season ended abruptly in the state quarterfinals when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus.

But it's his moves off the field that are currently attracting more attention.

“For the right reasons, we all live in this city and as I told him and as I've told the administrators from his eligibility status to wherever, Marci and I were not doing this to benefit Edmond Santa Fe's football program,” Mike Hensley said. “We didn't need another world-class athlete or whatever in our house just to make us feel good. We were truly doing this for one reason and one reason only, and that was to help a young man.”

The Hensleys also took Farmer in with the option of attending either North or Santa Fe, but they agreed it would be more convenient for him to transfer.

“If he was set on going back, we would have made it work,” Mike Hensley said. “We happen to live in North's district.

“It would have certainly been easier if both (J.R. and Farmer) were going to the same school. We could obviously have a better handle on him academically, keep closer tabs on him and help him before anything got of reach. It was certainly nothing that from our standpoint that pushed him one way.”

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by Jacob Unruh
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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The Oklahoman's Super 30: No. 12

Name: Michael Farmer

School: Edmond Santa Fe

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 207

Position: Running back

Recruited by: Arizona State (offer), Washington State (offer), Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma State.


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