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Farmer hoping options expand

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The same two offers remain on the table in front of Michael Farmer. They've been there for a while. Neither school has pulled back its recruiting effort and each still wants the Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe High school athlete in the fold. In a lot of ways, not much has changed for the three-star prospect.
"I'm still talking to Washington State and Arizona State a lot," Farmer said.
In other ways though, a lot has changed. Farmer is now receiving interest from Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Georgia. And while Farmer's only two offers are from the Cougars and Sun Devils, things are always on the verge of taking a sudden turn.
Farmer is pretty set on waiting to commit until after the season. That plan is subject to change, however.
"I'm going to wait to commit unless Georgia was to come in and say 'Hey, we're going to offer you,'" Farmer said. "That one I would probably take right away.
"I just like the football there. I like the coaches. It's the SEC. I'm hoping to find a date that I can go out there and visit."
With an unofficial visit to Arkansas already in the books, Farmer is also building a relationship with the Razorbacks. And while an offer from Arkansas won't carry the same weight as one from UGA, the program certainly has the potential to make a splash.
"Arkansas is probably the best campus that I've been to aside from Notre Dame," Farmer said. "They have new coaches, too. It was a great visit. I got to see some of the faculties and the stadium. The coaches said they weren't ready to thrown down [an offer] yet but they are going to come down and watch my third game."
The situation is simple at its core. The Razorbacks, like a lot of schools, are waiting to see how Farmer bounces back from the knee surgery he underwent last November. Farmer claims to be 100 percent already and has long since been cleared to play football. The stage is set for new offers to roll in during his senior year. What happens from here on out could be interesting.
"Other schools have gotten my transcript and come by my school," Farmer said. "I'll probably wait until the season when I get back on my grind and start showing out again. (I'm) going to see if schools start showing interest again.
If everything remains stagnant, though, Farmer is perfectly content with his two offers. He has already visited Arizona State and won't return to Tempe on an official visit. An official to Washington State is scheduled for Oct. 12.
"They want me to commit on the trip," Farmer said. "Basically what they are saying is that I am the only running back out of that class, but they can wait on me until I visit. When I visit on the 12th, they want me to have my mind made up and be ready to commit."
Farmer was once committed to Arizona State but broke his pledge last month, citing a desire to look at other options.
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