Farrar returns from Tempe with an offer

In recent months Jeff Farrar has been one of the faster rising prospects in the Western region and yesterday the Sun Devils added their name to his list of suitors. The Upland (Calif.) athlete visited Arizona State's spring game yesterday and Devils Digest caught up with after the conclusion of his trip to get his impressions of that experience.

"I expected to get an offer during my visit," Farrar said. "They wanted me to meet the coaching staff and then I was going to get my offer. I went to the spring game and to lunch after that. Meeting the coaches I could tell how dedicated they were and how much hard work they put in.

"Arizona State is a team that I've seen on TV and I like how hard and aggressive the defense plays."

Upland teammate James Johnson, who will be an incoming freshman for ASU this year has naturally talked to Farrar about the Sun Devils, as did ASU senior and Upland graduate Osahon Irabor. However, Farrar doesn't feel that the relationship he has with both is currently tilting the scales in the Sun Devils' favor.

"I really learned about the school on my own and James said that this school will do the talking for itself," Farrar commented. "I did have lunch with Osahon when I visited and he told me that he loves the new coaching staff and the hard work ethic they put in. He said that this was a good team where you want to go and play corner.

"Talking to them doesn't make Arizona State stick out a little more. All the schools I'm looking at are on an even level and I'm just taking it all in and listening."

The 6-1 193-pound Jeff Farrar played at Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany as a sophomore but transferred last summer to Upland and had a very good junior season. Farrar was known as a receiver prospect prior to last year but played corner all season for Upland and earned all-league honors.

The versatile Farrar is being recruited by schools both as a wide receiver and a defensive back. It's probably no coincidence that Arizona State likes him in the later role, since he's being recruited by safeties coach Chris Ball and cornerbacks coach Joe Lorig.

"They said I could play both (wide receiver and defensive back) but they really like me at corner," Farrar stated. "They like how I'm a tall player because they like their corners to press and be physical getting in the face of receivers. That's how I play and they really like that.

"Quarterbacks that play against me think they can fit the ball into a pocket and with my long arms I'm able to intercept the ball or deflect it. Being that I was a receiver I have good ball reaction skills. I still need to stay low with my back paddle and with my off coverage."

Arizona, California, UCLA, Utah, Virginia and Washington State are the schools that have offered Farrar to date. "Oklahoma, Notre Dame and USC are some schools I feel that could offer me soon," Farrar noted. "In the off-season I‘m going to go to the Nike camp up north (Northern California) and to a lot of passing leagues. I'm planning to visit Cal and Arizona next month and go to Virginia in the summer.

"I'm not sure when I'm going to make a decision, but I think it will after my senior season begins. When making my decision I'm going to listen to what the coaches have to say, see their dedication and how long they will be coaching there."

Click here for Jeff Farrar's junior season highlights.

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