"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."