If WVU is going to end up flipping Ric’Darious Farmer, who is more affectionately known as DayDay, it may very well be due to his experience on campus over the weekend.
To the surprise of some, Farmer (6-foot, 165 pounds), a Cocoa High School product out of Cocoa, Florida, still committed to Pitt, announced he would taking an official visit to West Virginia to check out the Mountaineers in early May. Now that his trip to Morgantown has been completed, WV Sports Now reached out back out to the talented four-star recruit to see if anything has changed and what he truly thinks of the WVU football program.
“The visit was real good,” Farmer told WVSN. “At first, before I even went to West Virginia, I really didn’t think of West Virginia, how it looked, so when I got there, it was in the city, the facilities were good, the coaches and players are real cool and real tight and their bond is real tight,” he added.
— Ric’Darious Farmer 4⭐️WR (@Dayday_F7) June 11, 2023
Ever since Farmer made it known he was willing to hear what West Virginia could offer him, offensive coordinator Chad Scott and wide receivers coach Bilal Marshall have been trying to build a strong relationship with highly coveted athlete. That only strengthened while spending time with them in person.
“The best part to me was when we went bowling because that showed me how the coaches are there more than football, they can really relate to their players,” Farmer said.
“They kind of checked out all the boxes. Everything went real good.”
But above all else, Farmer wanted to know how he would be used in their system. He wanted to know their vision for him as a Mountaineer. What he heard would be attractive to any player.
The Next Tavon Austin at WVU?!
Farmer says he was told he could fill a Tavon Austin-like role in the offense. Candidly, Farmer admits, that while he wouldn’t have considered West Virginia before his visit, he would now. And that’s just part of the recruiting process. But he’s still committed to Pitt and will be giving the Panthers their own opportunity to impress him again during his upcoming official visit in Pittsburgh.
247Sports rates him as the 365th-ranked recruit in the class (53rd-ranked wide receiver and 56th-ranked recruit from Florida) while On3 rates him as the 330th-ranked recruit in the class (56th-ranked wide receiver and 49th-ranked recruit from Florida).
Rivals rates him as the 32nd-ranked wide receiver and the 45th-ranked recruit from Florida — holding a 5.8 Rivals Rating.
Aside from Farmer’s visit to WVU, he said he will begin an official visit to UCF this week, and he will be finishing off his official visit schedule with a trip to Pittsburgh from June 22-24. So while Farmer is still committed to Pitt, it’s clear he’s interested in see what else is out there.
“Just see who is really telling the truth, like you can just tell with the coaches, just see who’s really real and who’s not,” Farmer said about his current mindset.
“Me and Pitt’s still locked in. Right now it’s not me making new decisions but anything can happen.”
WVSN worked with partner site Pittsburgh Sports Now on this story.
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