January 25th, 2020 seems so long ago.
It was a time before the pandemic, before life changed as we know it. For Joshua Farmer, it was the day he committed to Florida State. And a lot changed for Mike Norvell’s first commit to the 2021 class. Fellow commits joined up for #Tribe21. Most will join Farmer by signing with the Florida State Seminoles today, but some did not stick around. Throughout the turmoil of 2020, one thing that stayed consistent was Farmer’s commitment to Florida State. Other schools came calling, but Farmer stayed the course and will be part of a class that reshapes FSU’s defensive line:
Attack Mode. Welcome, @colaboy_j5#NSD21 | #Tribe21— FSU Football (@FSUFootball) December 16, 2020
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Farmer plays high school football at Gadsden County, which is less than an hour from Tallahassee. This senior season saw Farmer take a step forward with reshaping himself physically and improving his skills. Farmer’s Twitter account is filled with workout videos showing the commit honing his skills.
Farmer is 6’3, 250 pounds and is currently ranked a composite 3-star. He is ranked the 40th best defensive end in the nation and missed the opportunity to showcase his abilities in 2020 on the national scene due to camp closures.
Farmer will join Florida State at the defensive end position and as noted in Tomahawk Nation’s state of recruiting article:
His film shows quick feet and speed in the open field, as well as an ability to set the edge and use a strong first punch to drive back linemen. He is a versatile athlete who could develop into a defensive end or even grow into a defensive tackle. Farmer is instinctual (helped by also playing middle linebacker in high school) and does a good job reading the backfield, diagnosing the play and squaring his shoulders to finish the tackle.
When Tomahawk Nation caught up with Joshua Farmer earlier in the year, he talked about the positions he plays in High School and where the FSU staff sees him:
Where does the staff see you playing at Florida State?
“I’m [an] end, but will move to the 3-tech on 3rd down.”
How would you describe your game?
“Versatile. I got my first three offers as a [middle] LB because I was 6’1-228 my sophomore year. Then I shot to 6’3.5-245 over the summer.”
To see more of Farmer and how he’s performed this year, check out highlight of his first five games of the season:
Coach Mike Norvell made the defensive end position a priority this offseason and it all started with Joshua Farmer, #Tribe21’s first commit.