Friday, March 15, 2013
WR Jeff Farrar checks out USC
By Erik McKinney
Wide receiver Jeff Farrar (Upland, Calif./Upland) committed to UCLA in November, but that hasn't slowed the recruitment of the 6-foot, 194-pound athlete.
Farrar picked up offers from Utah and Washington State recently and on Thursday, he took a trip to USC to take in the Trojans' spring practice.
"I went to junior day, but this was my first practice at USC," Farrar said. "It was great. They have nice facilities and the coaching staff has the tempo going and the competition was amazing. They are all friends, but on the field they seem like they don't know each other at all. And they give freshmen a chance to compete."
Farrar said he was especially struck by watching early enrollees such as Su'a Cravens and Chris Hawkins -- two players Farrar is very familiar with.
"It's very interesting to see how big they've gotten in just a month or so of being there," Farrar said. "I was going against them just five months ago, and now they're going against guys who are getting ready to go pro."
Farrar took the trip along with teammate and 2015 quarterback Tyler Hilinski, who is also receiving interest from USC. He said offensive line coach James Cregg, who recruits the Inland Empire, pushed for Farrar to make the visit, where he was able to speak with head coach Lane Kiffin, recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron and wide receivers coach Tee Martin. Farrar said the coaches would like him back on Saturday, for the Trojans' scrimmage in the Coliseum.
Though he maintains his commitment to UCLA, Farrar has been up front from the beginning about continuing the recruiting process. It's something he says the UCLA staff completely understands.
"I'm just taking it all in," Farrar said. "I talked to the UCLA coaches and they know where I stand. They know I love the school and coach [Demetrice] Martin doesn't want me to feel like I can't enjoy the recruiting process. So I'm just taking it all in, hearing what everyone has to say."
In addition to the USC visits, Farrar said he is planning a trip to Notre Dame and has been in touch with coaches from Nebraska and Oklahoma. He added that Arizona, Colorado and Washington have been in contact and all three schools could be extending offers in a matter of days.
Farrar will be very visible the rest of the spring and summer, with passing tournaments and the Northern California Nike Camp on his schedule. He will also take part in summer camps at UCLA and USC.