CSDTV: Koa Farmer

CSDTV: Koa Farmer

CARSON, Calif. -- Koa Farmer is as much a student as an athlete, and though he says he's still committed to Cal, there are other suitors lining up.



CARSON, Calif. -- Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame 2014 safety Koa Farmer ran slowly – he thought -- on Friday at the Semper Fidelis Proving Ground Combine, but despite his disappointing 4.7-second 40-yard dash time on a slow Home Depot Center turf, he still clocked one of the top six times in the second annual combine, and at his top speed, he's run a 4.4.

Farmer -- along with fellow California commit Khalfani Muhammad -- were members of the state-title-winning Irish 4x100 relay team this past track season, and both intend on running tack again this spring. In fact, the two are nigh inseparable.

"I see him every day. We're really close, and I was the first person who he would tell about it. I'd say he's really committed to Cal," Farmer said. "We're like brothers, so if it's comfortable for each other, it's all good."

Farmer was, in fact, the first of the Notre Dame pair to commit to the Bears back in late October, but, after the coaching change in Berkeley, Farmer is glancing about, while Muhammad is firmly committed.

"I would say I'm committed to Cal still, but it's always good to look at other schools," said Farmer. "I just went on an unofficial to UCLA three or four weeks ago. I'm probably going to go to a couple camps -- Stanford, Boise State, Oregon State -- just to get out there."

Farmer was recently offered by Utah, and his stock only figures to climb higher. Farmer rushed 11 times for 38 yards last season, and caught 28 passes for 502 yards and four touchdowns on offense, but he's a safety by trade

"I would say that it's wherever a coach wants to put me, but I'm being recruited as a safety," said Farmer, and that's exactly where Cal's new staff wants him. "I facebooked them, but right when I facebooked them, they got into dead period, so they couldn't really talk to me."

He has since spoken with defensive backs coach Randy Stewart when the dead period lifted last weekend.

Farmer said that academics are a major factor for him, and with a 3.7 GPA, he said he also has mutual interest with Vanderbilt and Boston College.

"I just really look at the academic work more than the athletic part," Farmer said. "I'd rather be more academic than athletic, so as long as it's a good school."

Ryan Gorcey publishes Cal Sports Digest and writes about Major League Baseball for Fox Sports Next. Follow him on Twitter @RGBearTerritory.

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