Highland (Ill.) High School offensive lineman Tanner Farmer became NU’s fourth commit for the 2014 class when he committed June 11, during Nebraska’s Big Red Football School.
"He just said this is where I need to be," Farmer's father Brian told HuskersIllustrated.com (subscription required). "It felt like home."
The 6-foot-4 302-pounder also held offers from Missouri, Minnesota and Illinois.
During his junior year, Farmer went undefeated as a wrestler, compiling a 38-0 record with more than 30 pins to become first state medal winner in school history.
Defensive coordinator John Papuchis led Farmer's recruitment, and the lineman said there isn't another offer or school that could sway him.
“I'm set,” he said. “It's the best student support I've ever seen. I've never seen a stadium that huge. And the coaches are wonderful.”
Highland coach Jim Warnecke said Nebraska fans will be equally impressed by Farmer.
Farmer's biggest strength may be just that — strength. Heading into his senior year of high school, Farmer could bench press 225 pounds 33 times — strong numbers for the NFL Combine — despite lifting weights for just three years.
“He's as strong of a kid as you'll ever find,” Warnecke said. “Solid. I don't think he's had a tardy in his life. He's the complete package.”
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