- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
From an early age, 2014 athlete Koa Farmer (Sherman Oaks, Calif./Notre Dame) labeled Cal as his dream school. Fortunately for the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Farmer, the Golden Bears saw him as one of their top 2014 recruits, and on Wednesday, Farmer's dream became reality.
"I'm so happy," Farmer said after his verbal commitment to California. "I'm really happy. You have no idea."
Farmer and his father spoke to the Golden Bears staff on Wednesday, just a few days after an offer was extended during an unofficial visit this past weekend. It was Farmer's first trip to the Berkeley, Calif. campus, as he took an unofficial visit with his father, as well as teammate and fellow Cal recruit, Khalfani Muhammad.
"When I met with the coaches and they said they wanted to offer, it was really overwhelming," Farmer said. "It was like a dream come true."
Farmer's fondess for Cal started innocently enough.
"I was attracted to the uniforms," he said. "Just like any other little kid liking the Lakers or something."
But as he followed the school and the program, he began researching more and more. He said he found out Jeff Tedford is the winningest coach in Golden Bears' history, and looked into the long list of Nobel laureates on the Cal campus. The latter was a big plus for Farmer, who would like to study neuromedicine or orthopedics in college.
"All of that was just a big bonus," he said.
With more than a season of high school football remaining, Farmer said the commitment doesn't come close to serving as a stopping point for him. Recruiting is likely to pick up--he received an offer from Utah previously this fall--and he'll likely hear from much of the Pac-12 if his performance continues. But Farmer is content with his decision and looks forward to the future.
"I'm really motivated," he said after making his commitment. "I'm just going to keep working hard and getting better, because that's the kind of kids that Cal likes to bring in."