Will Farniok brings a familiar name and a winning background to the Nebraska football program. The 6-3, 260-pound offensive line prospect is the younger brother of Nebraska sophomore offensive lineman Matt Farniok. Will Farniok joins the NU program from Washington High School in Sioux Falls, S.D., where he was part of three state championship teams.
Farniok was a dominant player on the offensive line, helping Coach Chad Stadem’s teams to a 35-1 record over the past three seasons. In 2017, Farniok powered an offense that scored 40 points or more in nine of its 12 victories. Farniok earned a spot on the South Dakota Coaches Association all-state team as a center in each of his final three seasons. A two-time All-Metro pick, Farniok was named the Outstanding Lineman of the 2016 state championship game, an honor that his three older brothers also earned during their prep careers.
Following his senior season, Farniok played in the Offense-Defense 88 All-American Bowl and was named the national offensive lineman of the year by the organization. Farniok also participated in the Nike Opening Combine, the US Army All-America Combine and the Rivals Camp Series. An outstanding student, Farniok was a 2017 academic all-state selection and a four-year academic honor roll member.
Farniok was listed by both ESPN and 247Sports as the No. 1 prospect in South Dakota, and he is ranked as the No. 7 center prospect in the nation by ESPN. Farniok is also a two-year basketball letterwinner and competes in track, where he was a state qualifier. In addition to brother Matt being on the NU roster, older brothers Tom and Derek played at Iowa State and Oklahoma, respectively. His father, Brad, played college football at St. Cloud State. Farniok chose Nebraska over Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He is the son of Christine Farniok-Jones and Rich Jones, and Brad Farniok, and was born on April 21, 2000. Farniok enrolled at Nebraska in January of 2018.