Sophomore takes lead role for Holy Trinity football

Holy Trinity's Dayday Farmer had 49 receptions as a freshman last season. That led the state and was No. 3 in the nation among ninth graders. Coach Nate Hooks Jr. has declared the rising sophomore is now the face of the Tigers' program.

A number of high-profile football recruits have come through Brevard County through the years.

Ric’Darious “Dayday” Farmer plans to be the

next one.

The Holy Trinity rising sophomore wide receiver already has offers from Penn State, West Virginia, Missouri and Florida Atlantic after a stellar freshman season.

And that’s just the beginning.

“I’m trying to become the (next) five-star in Brevard,” Farmer said. “I’m going to make it happen.”

Joining the ranks of previous five-star recruits such as Palm Bay’s Joe Cohen and Xavier Carter would certainly put Famer in rarified air. Holy Trinity coach Nate Hooks Jr. isn’t putting it past him.

“That’s an impressive goal for a ninth-grader to even be thinking along those lines,” Hooks said. “His quickness, his instincts and his play-making ability are definitely going to give him a shot.”

Farmer, who was listed at 6 feet, 150 pounds last season, caught 49 passes for 700 yards and eight touchdowns in his first year playing varsity football. The 49 receptions ranked third in the nation and No. 1 in Florida among all freshmen.

Oh, yeah, it was his first year playing wide receiver.

“I feel like I did good, but I could have done better by catching the ball more,” he said. “I only dropped three passes out of 52 (thrown to me), so if I could have caught them three passes, I would have done better.”

Playing against older competition might be intimidating for some, but for Farmer, it was nothing new. He started playing football in his backyard when he was 3 years old, always going against players who were older, bigger and didn’t cut him any slack. Everyone got the same treatment.

It was there in the backyard, Farmer believes, where he learned to run faster, stronger and cut harder. Those are just some of the skills he brings to playing wide receiver.

“Nobody can guard me,” he said. “Nobody.”

A running back throughout his days playing youth football, Farmer said he always felt he was better suited as a receiver because of his hands. Now that he is playing outside, he gets to use his full arsenal.

He’s competitive going after 50-50 balls, catches the ball in tight windows and is even more dangerous getting the ball in space, where he can use his speed and athleticism. And, he loves going deep.

All of that makes Farmer a tough matchup for opposing defenders.

“No matter what, you play up or you play back, I’m going to have the advantage,” he said. “So, whatever you do, it’s a mistake for you.”

As good as Farmer is now, he’s expected to get better.

“He’s always played up in youth league,” Hooks said. “As he gets older, for him to play the younger kids … like when he gets in 11th (grade) and he’s playing against ninth and 10th (graders), it’s going to be unfair.

“It’ll be like the cheat code in a video game.”