With the departure of David Buehler and Greg Woidneck, the Trojans went out and found Jacob Harfman, an all-purpose kicker that will come in and compete for both the kicker and punter duties. Like David Buehler, Harfman has a very strong leg and could be a weapon by forcing touchbacks.
Harfman was recently named a JC Grid-Wire All-American as a place kicker after connecting on 20-of-26 field goal attempts in 2008, including a long of 56 yards and recorded 27 touchbacks.
According to Carroll: "Any time you have a chance to get a kicker and a punter combined, it's an enormous advantage for us. Jake Harfman is that guy. He comes from Mt. Sac and will definitely be able to compete on kickoffs, placekicks and punting. What we do know is that Jake has an enormous leg and as we've grown accustomed to David Buehler and the big booming kicks, Jake does all of that."
Reason for Choosing USC: "I gave him a verbal commitment. I have always wanted to play for USC. Growing up I used to always watch them on television. They have great players and all the history. It's just something that is special."
Future Impact: Harfman will come in and immediately compete for both the starting placekicker, and punter jobs. He should play a major role on special teams for the Trojans in 2009.
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