The noise, the cold, the passion, the defense — Myles Farmer loved every bit of it.
Nebraska’s newest commit for the 2019 recruiting class even loved the snow. The defensive back from Atlanta (Westlake) especially loved that as he took in NU’s 9-6 win over Michigan State on Saturday.
“It was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Farmer, a 6-foot-3, 192-pound safety. “I’ve seen snow before, but not like that. Not like a blizzard.”
So after the Huskers had wrapped up the win, coach Scott Frost asked Farmer how long he might take to make a final decision.
Right now, Farmer said. He’d received the blessing from his parents to commit. So he did.
Frost and defensive backs coach Travis Fisher got big smiles. They landed their third rangy defensive back for 2019. Farmer, meanwhile, concluded a whirlwind courtship with NU that he said began halfway through his senior season when his high school coach Kareem Reid told him Nebraska liked his film and wanted to offer a scholarship.
Thus, the three-star prospect zeroed in on NU over interest from West Virginia, South Florida and Michigan State, among others. Farmer said he’s willing to play any position in the secondary, but Nebraska wants him at safety.
“I like to be the quarterback of the defense,” Farmer said. He also liked what he saw out of Husker safety Antonio Reed Saturday. Farmer rattled off all of Reed’s stats from the game as proof.
Farmer becomes the third Atlanta-area commit in the class, joining North Gwinnett safety Quinton Newsome and Loganville Grayson running back Ronald Thompkins, who also visited Saturday.
Farmer is the third rangy DB in the class, too. Newsome is 6-2. Arizona (Hamilton Chandler High) cornerback Javin Wright is 6-3. Freshman Husker corner Braxton Clark is 6-3. So is freshman Husker safety C.J. Smith.
With the 21st commit in the class, Nebraska moved to the No. 21 recruiting class in the nation, according to 247Sports and the No. 4 class in the Big Ten.
Farmer intends to enroll in the summer.
One player who's seen more of Farmer than anyone lately is Westlake teammate and free safety Emmanuel McQueen, who started opposite the strong safety and Husker commit all season. When Farmer plays curl flats and jet sweeps, the fellow senior was rarely needed to back up the play. Once, when an opposing team tried to run a screen, Farmer flew through the blocks and blew it up with such ferocity that McQueen found himself spectating for just a moment.
"He knocked the boy out," McQueen said. "I had to jump on the ball real quick — it shocked me."
Farmer — also known in the community as a talented baseball player and freestyle rapper — played quarterback and tight end in eighth grade, McQueen said, then moved to linebacker as a freshman before settling at defensive back as a junior. He has a "huge" frame for the position and is at his best on blitzes.
"Physicality is his game," McQueen said. "He ain't the fastest guy, but he can make somebody cry real quick. He's that physical; he's that dude."?
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