For half an hour on Monday, California defensive backs coach Randy Stewart spoke with Upland (Calif.) athlete Jeff Farrar, and aside from extending him a scholarship offer -- the fifth for the 6-foot-1, 193-pound two-way star -- also got to know the young man he's hoping will jump in the boat and become one of four defensive backs the Bears take this cycle.
"We were on the phone today for about half an hour. We were just talking about the school, his background and how much the staff likes me. We were just talking about what the team needs right now," said Farrar, who knows that Cal needs defensive backs most of all after addressing needs on both the offensive and defensive lines this past cycle. "It means a lot. I'm really blessed to have the opportunity for them to recruit me. I'm really lucky to be able to be recruited by them. It's a great school, so I'm really happy that they gave me the offer and that they would love for me to go to their school."
A former teammate of redshirt freshman Kenny Lawler, Farrar is already quite familiar with the Bears.
"I know Kenny very well. I've worked out with him, I've played against him when I was younger, so I know Kenny really well," Farrar said. "I heard he did great (this spring); he told me he did great, and other people told me he did great. I've heard it a lot, actually."
Farrar – who's played corner, safety and receiver – is being recruited as a corner by the Bears, and for good reason. Despite missing five games due to a hamstring injury last year, Farrar still recorded seven interceptions and two pick-sixes in his eight games of action, as well as over 27 tackles and one tackle for a loss.
"Wherever they want me to go on the field, that's where I'm going to play at," Farrar said. "I can play both sides of the ball, but I don't have a preference. I just love to play the game."
Farrar's conversation with Stewart revealed a lot about his potential future coach, and the potential future Bear was quite taken with his 32 years of experience.
"I really like him as a coach," Farrar said. "He keeps it real. He's honest. He's up-front. He tells you how he feels, up front, and I really look for that out of coaches, to be honest and up-front. I can really appreciate that."
He also appreciates the fact that Stewart has quite a few NFL stars on his resume, including Nnamdi Asomugha.
"It says that the coach has experience, that he knows what he's doing, and I just really appreciate that, because if he loves what he's doing, and I love what I'm doing, it's going to be a great combination," Farrar said.
At some point in the next month, Farrar said he intends on coming up for an unofficial visit.
"I haven't been up to practice yet, but I should be up there in the Bay Area within a month, just to go up there and see the campus, meet the whole coaching staff and watch practice," he said.
Farrar Talks Cal Offer
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