Being an offensive lineman runs in Washington (Sioux Falls) senior Matt Farniok’s blood.
His older brothers Tom and Derek both played on the line. Tom was among the final cuts of the Minnesota Vikings in September. Derek is a senior at Oklahoma. Younger brother Will is a sophomore and is already fielding scholarship offers.
“To be honest, I think we’re all kind of similar,” Matt Farniok told Gannett partner The Argus Leader. “We all play with that same type of edge — that physicality and that technique. There’s truly no difference in the way we play besides the way we look.”
Farniok will be representing his family and South Dakota at the U.S. Army All-American Game on Jan. 9 in San Antonio. Farniok received his honorary jersey Wednesday when the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance came to his school.
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He is ranked as the No. 1 overall player in the state and the No. 26 tackle in the nation by the 247Sports Composite rankings.
“The biggest thing I like about Matt is the kind of person he is — his maturity and the way he’s handled himself. He’s worked his tail off,” Washington coach Chad Stadem told The Argus Leader.
“A lot of people probably think, ‘Oh yeah, Matt’s a big kid who’s got a lot of God-given talent.’ And that’s true, but Matt has taken that talent and really pushed it. He takes pride in what he does.”