Farniok’s Athleticism Have Virginia Tech, Others In Pursuit

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The athleticism and natural skill of Washington (S.D.) three-star center Will Farniok was on display at a track and field meet last spring. But it was more a spur of the moment thing. Farniok had long thrown shot put, but at this meet, he decided to give the high jump a try.

“Last year, at one meet, I just kinda did it,” Farniok said. “It was a JV meet and I just practiced with them sometimes. I did shot first, then high jump. I kinda just wanted to do it. It kinda looked fun and during practice, I just wanted to see if I could do it.”

It’s that athletic prowess that caught the attention of a handful of schools. Virginia Tech offered late last week to join a group that also consists of Virginia, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota and Nebraska.

But while Farniok (pronounced: Farn-yick) might be jumping at meets, he’s not inclined to do so in his recruitment. He’s taken in a few visits, but he’s more getting a feel for his options and what he wants to find.

“I would say the tradition of the school, the coaching staff and the brotherhood with the teammates, those are the biggest things,” Farniok said. “I wanna look into going into med school and the medical field, too. I wanna be a surgeon, if football doesn’t work out.”

It isn’t often that the Hokies have ventured to the upper Midwest for a recruit. And Farniok said the offer caught him a little off-guard.

“I don’t have any connections out there with anyone,” he said. “I guess Virginia Tech, one of