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June 11, 2013
Growing up in Highland, Ill. offensive lineman Tanner Farmer knew very little about Nebraska's football program.
When the Huskers offered the 6-foot-4, 300 pound Farmer this spring, he knew he wanted to visit NU, but he had no idea what type of impact his trip to Lincoln would have on him.
After spending the last few days in Lincoln on an unofficial visit with his father Brian, Farmer decided to commit during NU's camp on Tuesday afternoon during the lunch break. The three-star Farmer is now the fourth commitment in the Huskers class of 2014 and he chose the Big Red over offers from Illinois, Missouri and Minnesota.
"I came up here and I was extremely impressed," Farmer said. "I really liked the coaches and I can't really compare any place to Nebraska. After the first session today my dad and I were driving around and I made the decision that I was going to commit today.
"I didn't think I would commit this fast. I set up other visits to go to camps at other schools and I came here and this place is home. This is the place I belong. I made the decision that I'm going to cancel all my other camps and I committed here."
When Farmer talks about what the deciding factor was, he said several things played a part in his decision.
"I can't really pend (my decision to commit) on one thing," Farmer said. "Everything just stacks up. I liked the coaches a lot and I really connected with them. The overall facilities were just wonderful."
Offensive line coach John Garrison was the lead recruiter on Farmer and their relationship began to build after the Huskers offered him this spring.
"(Coach Garrison) is a great guy," Farmer said. "I connected well with him. I like the way he coaches. In the future things are going to go really well and I'm going to get to know him better and he'll become more like a friend."
After getting to experience first-hand what Nebraska was like, Farmer said he's excited about his potential to develop in the program.
Farmer already is one of the stronger players in the country possessing a 430 pound bench press and a 650 pound squat max. He benched 225 pounds 33 reps earlier this year and is also a state champion heavyweight wrestler.
Farmer said he's looking forward to becoming an ambassador for NU's recruiting class going forward.
"I will help out however I can," Farmer said. "Anything I can do I will talk to kids and tell them how great this place is."