2014 (Redshirt) Tanner Farmer redshirted during his first year at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Highland) Farmer joined the Nebraska program as one of the top offensive line prospects in the country. The 6-4, 315-pound Farmer was a standout for Coach Jim Warnecke Jr. at Highland High School in Illinois. Farmer was a dominant player on the offensive line, and his blocking helped the Bulldogs to an 11-1 record and a trip to the Class 5A quarterfinals. For his play as a senior, Farmer was a first-team Illinois Class 5A all-state selection by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association. Farmer's play throughout his prep career helped Highland make great improvement from 2011 to 2013. Highland was 0-9 during Farmer's sophomore season, then improved to 5-5 and a state playoff berth in 2012, when Farmer was a standout offensive lineman. Farmer is an outstanding wrestler at Highland. As a junior, Farmer won the Class 2A state title at 285 pounds. Farmer was one of the top performers at "The Opening" all-star camp last summer, and participated in the Under Armour All-American game in January. Farmer committed to Nebraska last June and did not take any other visits, but did have scholarship offers from Missouri, Illinois and Minnesota, among others. Rivals.com listed Farmer as the No. 4 offensive guard prospect in the country and the 82nd-ranked 2014 recruit overall. In composite recruiting rankings, Farmer is ranked among the top 10 prospects in Illinois. Farmer was born on March 1, 1996, and he is the son of Brian and Connie Farmer.