Harfman Looking Forward to USC Visit

Mt. San Antonio all-purpose kicker Jacob Harfman stopped by USC for an unofficial visit last month, received a scholarship offer from Pete Carroll, and immediately committed. This weekend the strong-legged kicker/punter will be back on campus for an official visit.

Mt. San Antonio all-purpose kicker Jacob Harfman has only been on the USC campus once in his life, but it was an experience that he will never forget. Harfman stopped by USC for an unofficial visit last month, received a scholarship offer from Pete Carroll, and immediately committed.

Harfman, who grew up watching USC games on television, said his decision came down to location, the opportunity for early playing time and his love of the Trojans.

"I was pretty much always into USC growing up. It's somewhere that I have always wanted to go, so they would have been the frontrunner regardless," Harfman said. "Also having my family be able to come out to the games, and my grandpa went to USC.

"When I had the offer from Georgia, their kicker I think is a freshman, and at USC, I can come in and have a chance right away. USC is a place where hopefully I can come in and play right away."

With the graduation of starting kicker David Buehler and punter Greg Woidneck, Harfman will have a chance to immediately compete for both the kicking and punting duties.

The strong-legged kicker/punter will take his official visit to USC on Jan. 23rd and get an in-depth look at the academics, campus and football facilities.

"I have a few academic questions that I want to get answered," he said. "Other than that, I want to just check out the campus and the Coliseum."

Since making his commitment to the Trojans on Dec.19th, Pete Carroll has added Brian Schneider to coaching staff as the special teams coordinator.

The chance to work with a special teams coordinator with NFL experience is an exciting opportunity for Harfman.

"I was just checking out the USC website and it said he was with the Oakland Raiders the last few years," Harfman said of Scheneider. "I was happy to see it.

"I had noticed that when I went down there to practice they didn't have a true special teams coach. Now we have someone that can watch us and stuff."

Harfman was recently named a JC Grid-Wire All-American as a place kicker.

He connected on 20-of-26 field goal attempts in 2008, including a long of 56 yards and recorded 27 touchbacks.

Check back for more on Jacob Harfman following his official visit on Jan. 23rd.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions you can reach Kevin Carden at kevin@scplaybook.com


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