When Washington’s Matt Farniok takes the field for this weekend’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl, he’ll do so with the added comfort that his college search is a little bit easier.
Farniok confirmed a Tuesday report from Rivals.com that he has eliminated Florida State from his potential schools. That leaves a trio of Big Ten Conference destinations in Nebraska, Iowa and Michigan State as his remaining choices.
“I just kind of narrowed it to those three,” Farniok said. “In talking with my family and kind of seeing myself at those schools, every time I did that those three always popped up. I figured instead of just continuing to keep (Florida State) on, it was better to be honest.”
Farniok is one of 90 high school players from around the country selected to participate in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio. He arrived in Texas on Sunday, met with coaches and players Monday, and practiced Tuesday before doing some community service over at the local Boys & Girls Club.
“There’s a lot of people who have already made their choice and committed, but also a good number of people still trying to figure out where they want to go,” Farniok said. “It’s nice to see that some are in the same boat as me.”
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Farniok is excited for the massive leap in competition he’ll see at the next level. He’ll get a good preview of that when he takes the field before a nationally televised audience on Saturday (noon on KDLT).
“It’s a lot of fun to be able to go against some of the best D-linemen in the country and play football again,” Farniok said. “It’s awesome.”
Farniok told the Argus Leader last month that he expects to make his decision before National Signing Day on Feb. 3. With the Seminoles out of the mix, his choice will be easier — but not easy.
“I really like those three,” Farniok said of the Husker, Hawkeye and Spartan programs, “so it’s going to be really hard to figure out which one is the best fit.”
At left tackle for the Warriors, Farniok’s decorated high school football career ended with a come-from-behind state championship victory over Sioux Falls rival O’Gorman. Among his many accomplishments are multiple all-state nods, and being named 2015 South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year and Argus Leader Elite 45 Captain.
Farniok’s younger brother — Will, an all-state center as a sophomore — also made the trip to San Antonio, and not just to be a spectator.
“Will was invited to the underclassmen combine,” Matt Farniok said. “He’s going to be doing his thing, too.”
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