Visiting with teammate Khalfani Mohammad on Big Game weekend last weekend, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, CA) High School safety/wide receiver Koa Farmer received all the confirmation he needed that the University of California is the school for him.
"It was a great visit," said Farmer. "I got to spend time with (defensive backs) Coach (Ashley) Ambrose and he offered me a scholarship, which was great.
"We took a tour of the campus before the game and saw the weight room. The weight room's amazing. Love the facilities. Campus was great, too. It's like their own little village. There's lot of trees and hills. It's beautiful.
"We saw the dorms, too. They were amazing. They were like suites. That was cool."
Lest anyone think this was a spur of the moment decision for the Notre Dame junior, Farmer has followed Cal since childhood, always envisioning himself a Golden Bear.
"I've always wanted to go to Cal since I was little," said Farmer. "It's my dream school. I used to play video games with Cal -guys like DeSean Jackson and Marshawn Lynch.
"When they offered me, it was like a dream come true."
Cal's academic standing also had a major influence on Farmer, a 3.7 gpa student at Notre Dame.
"Cal has 20 professors that have won the Nobel Prize and I want to major in some type of neural medicine or orthopedic medicine and they're a great school for that."
The versatile Farmer plays both offense and defense as well as return kicks for Notre Dame but will play safety for Cal. With his 6-1/200 size and 4.48 forty speed as well as 39 inch vertical, brings an impressive blend of size, speed and athleticism to the field.
So far this year, Farmer has 15 catches for 400 yards and five touchdowns at receiver and 40 tackles and two interceptions at safety just past the halfway point in the season.
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