High School Sports

Perry's Farms signs with UNC; others sign with Western Michigan, Savannah State

After weeks of speculation, Perry OL Johnnie Farms confirmed his decision Wednesday to sign with the University of North Carolina.

Despite receiving 43 scholarship offers from schools all over the country, Farms chose the Tar Heels over the likes of Auburn, Tennessee, Florida and Oklahoma.

"In the end, I just felt like UNC was the right place for me," Farms said. "Coach (Butch) Davis and I have a great relationship. He came to my home and sat down with my family, and I just can't wait to get to Chapel Hill to prove what I can do."

Farms, who is listed as a four-star recruit by rivals.com, adds depth to a North Carolina class which already ranks as one of the top-five in the nation.

Looking to be positioned at right tackle, the 6-foot-2, 285-pound lineman feels confident that he will have an impact on the Tar Heels right away.

"The coaching staff told me to be ready to play," Farms said. "They are sending me my workout schedule this Friday and I'll start from there."

With the ability to squat in excess of 700-pounds, and bench-press over 400-pounds, the transition to the next level should not be an issue.

"Johnnie had about 160 pancake blocks in his senior year alone," Perry offensive-line coach Torrey Howard said. "He would just dominate the other opponent. I don't think he'll have any trouble adjusting to college football."

Arguably the biggest challenge for Farms will be the distance that will separate him from his family.

But Farms made it clear that everyone in his family was 100 percent behind his decision to sign with the Tar Heels.

"I started getting recruited by UNC in April of my sophomore year," Farms said. "They were the first school to offer me a scholarship, and both me and my family feel like it's the place for me."

Also signing from Perry were Trey Smith and Jonathan Clowers.

Smith and Clowers announced that they will be playing for Western Michigan and Savannah State, respectively.

"Both academically and athletically, I feel like Western Michigan fit me perfectly," Smith said. "This has been a dream of mine for a long time."

Smith chose Western Michigan over Akron and Ball State, and similarly to Farms, he too expects to see playing time as a freshman.

"They're losing a lot of wide receivers that are seniors," Smith said. "I expect to come in and play early. I expect to produce."


Here are the Perry High School football players who signed with colleges today:

Johnnie Farms, OL, North Carolina

Trey Smith, WR, Western Michigan

Jonathan Clowers, Savannah State