One of the longest-tenured California commits – safety Koa Farmer -- finally took his official visit to Berkeley this past weekend, and even without a defensive coordinator or defensive backs coach yet in place, the visit still firmed up the Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame athlete.
"I would say so, yeah. It was nice weather, too, so it was really pretty out there," said Farmer. "I enjoyed it. No fog, you could see the Golden Gate Bridge from Berkeley – it was nice."
Farmer – like many opposing defenders – just missed former Irish teammate Khalfani Muhammad, who arrived back at school right after Farmer departed, but he still got to spend the weekend with several of the other first-year players.
"It was supposed to be Avery [Sebastian], but Avery was out of town, so I hung out with Ray [Hudson], Jared [Goff], Jacobi [Hunter] and Caleb [Coleman]," Farmer said. "It was good. We had a lot of fun. They were good hosts. They were great hosts."
Farmer also got a chance to sit down and talk turkey with Sonny Dykes, who put in a big effort with the defensive players.
"I know my meeting with coach Dykes was 30 minutes long," Farmer said. "We were just talking about track, talking about the program, talking about their defensive coordinator, position coach, the DB coach. We just talked about life in general. We talked about everything."
Putting on his No. 6 jersey for the first time was a highlight, and seeing his future teammates clad in theirs was a memorable moment.
"That is the future," Farmer said. "It was funny, to me, seeing all the guys wear their jerseys, talking about what number they're going to get next year. It was funny […] I would say the best part was hanging out with all the commits and stuff like that. We all got to know each other. That was pretty cool."
Farmer said that the visit locked him up, but he will still take at least one more official – either to Vanderbilt or to Penn State.
"I'm still trying to decide," said Farmer, who intended to visit Vanderbilt before head coach James Franklin took the job in Happy Valley. "I'm going to sit down with my parents today and decide between Vandy and Penn State."
Farmer said that the visit "may be" his last, but didn't rule out a trip to Washington.
"I talk with them probably once a week," Farmer said.
VISIT WEEKEND: Farmer Talks Cal Trip
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