Farmer On Putting Down Roots At PSU

The Nittany Lions' new kickoff return specialist had never seen snow before making a recruiting visit to Penn State. But now he's right at home in Happy Valley.

Redshirt freshman Koa Farmer was right at home returning kickoffs in Penn State’s season-opener at Temple last Saturday, with five attempts for 128 yards. Maybe it had sometime to with the 88-degree heat that seemed even warmer thanks the bright sun and clear skies.

Farmer, you see, is from Lake View Terrance, Calif. His mom (Shirley) is Hawaiian, and his dad (Jamal) began his college football career at the University of Hawaii (where he once roomed with current Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo — but more on that later).

How much of a warm-weather guy was Farmer growing up? Well, before making an official visit to Penn State in January of 2014 — shortly before Signing Day — he had never see snow.

Above, you can hear Farmer talk about adjusting to the colder climate in Pennsylvania. Also, we show an exchange between PSU head coach James Franklin and Niumatalolo (who was on campus over the summer to watch his son camp at PSU) where Franklin recounts some nervous weather-related moments during Farmer’s recruitment.

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