Michael Farmer's verbal commitment to Arizona State has been on shaky ground for some time. Even if the situation goes against the definition of the word "commitment", it's not a secret. Something has been up for a while. That much was obvious days ago.
Last Wednesday, The Daily Oklahoman newspaper reported that the verbal agreement between Farmer, an Edmond (Okla.) North athlete, and the Sun Devils had vanished and a de-commitment had taken place. Farmer, in turn, denied the crux of the report the very next day. Now, he's decided to clear up the confusion.
Is Farmer officially de-committed from Arizona State? In short, yes. According to Farmer, his public denial was merely an attempt to avoid blindsiding the ASU coaching staff with the news. He wanted to be able to tell Todd Graham and company himself.
When the three-star prospect explains it, things begin to make sense. The driving force behind the confusion actually starts to appear noble. Then, recruiting is a odd realm in that sense.
"I did de-commit from Arizona State," Farmer said. "I'm gonna go ahead and say that now. I didn't want ASU to see it before I got to tell them, but we are pretty much on terms where we both know basically what it is. I just committed too early. I all happened so fast. I got the offer and it was the first one, so I took it. I didn't know how the game worked. I'm going to reopen it and see what I can't get."
Already, it seems as though Farmer will get plenty of what he's looking for. Washington State extended an offer in the last few days, and while there are some issues that admittedly bother him about the offer, he's not completely ruling out Wazzu as a player in his recruitment.
"That offer came in on Sunday," Farmer said. "I talked to the coach Friday, and he asked me if I was interested in getting up there to visit, and they offered on Sunday. He told me they don't run the ball very much and that they throw the ball about 90 percent of the time. I probably wouldn't like them throwing the ball 90 percent of the time because I want to run the ball, but I'm going to go there if that's the right place for me to be."
Farmer says that, regardless of his hesitance, he intends to take an official visit to Washington State this fall, but other schools are also buzzing around now that his recruitment has been reopened.
"Georgia, Arkansas and Oklahoma State are the main ones that are recruiting me but haven't offered or anything," Farmer said. "I'm going to visit Georgia sometime. And then definitely the visit up to Washington State. And, of course, I'm going to visit Arizona State. I still like them and all that. I just made the commitment too soon."