Wisconsin Now On Farmer's Radar

Looking to land its first California player in the 2014 recruiting class, Wisconsin has made a late offer to Sherman Oaks (CA) Notre Dame athlete, and California commit, Koa Farmer, who already has developed a strong connection with defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a.

Wisconsin is looking to lock down the final pieces to its 204 recruiting class and offered Sherman Oaks (CA) Notre Dame athlete, and California commit, Koa Farmer. While he has been committed to the Golden Bears since October of his junior year, he is still very interested in taking his official visits and now is definitely considering one to Wisconsin after receiving an offer.

"I found out about the Wisconsin offer by Coach Chad (Kauha'aha'a) telling me to call him and he wanted me to right away," Farmer told BadgerNation. "I gave him a call and he pretty much told me that I have an offer from Wisconsin. He said that they have been crunching numbers and they could offer me. He will be having in-home visit with me tomorrow. I have thought about taking an official visit to Wisconsin before they offered, but it has been crazy with all these other schools wanting me to take official visits as well. I mean I am going to talk to my parents more about taking an official visit to Wisconsin tonight.

"This offer is big, like really, really big. Wisconsin has been going to the Rose Bowl the last few years and consistently goes to bowl games. Plus the academics, why would I not be interested? Any kid would be interested in Wisconsin. He also said he is planning on the head coach coming to see me next Tuesday."

Head coach Gary Andersen has made it a point to fiercely recruit the West Coast and might have a feather in his cap by having a friend of Farmer's already on the team, not to mention a strong bond with Kauha'aha'a.

"I know Wisconsin is big time football up there and one of my friend's brothers goes to Wisconsin in current outside linebacker Leon Jacobs," said Farmer. "He went to Golden Valley High School, so he is from around here. Leon and me are also really good friends. He actually came out here the other day and we were talking about Wisconsin, so it is funny how they just offered. He said that he loves the school, they have great facilities, obviously great in academics, so it is all a plus.

"I love Coach Chad. He is a very cool dude and it is funny because he is Hawaiian and I am as well, so we instantly have a connection. We always talk about poke and it is like a raw fish we eat out in Hawaii, so it cool like how we connect on stuff like that. He also tells me that you get used to the weather (laughter). I mean at the next level you play in all types of weather, so why not start early? It is just like preparing for a test, so you got to study before and get used to it."

Despite the high excitement from his Badger offer, the 6-1, 200-pound versatile athlete is still committed to California and interested in many others like Utah, Penn State and Vanderbilt.

"I am still committed to California," said Farmer. "I have already visited Utah and Cal, so I am debating going to either Vanderbilt or Penn State this weekend and Wisconsin just got in the mix, so it is something to think about. I will make my final decision after all my official visits. Me and my parents are going to sit down and talk about what school I really want to go to."

Wisconsin is the looking at Farmer for outside linebacker, where he sits as the No. 43 outside linebacker and a three-star recruit by Scout.com, and is a position he feels he is capable of doing.

"(Outside linebacker) is a position I am comfortable at and I have played it a couple times this year," said Farmer. "I like being the box supporter on the run and the pass. Whatever position the coaches want me at, I will do."

Farmer also mentioned he wanted to compete against the best and thought Badger commit, Hyattsville (MD) Dematha Catholic wide receiver, Chris Jones would be a special player for Wisconsin after going against him in their All-Star game.

"I just came back from Florida for my All-Star, so I have been very busy," he said. "It was a lot of fun down there. I had like six total tackles and actually had a great tackle on the goal line. I hit the dude so hard he fumbled, so I was balling. I was chilling with Wisconsin's commit, Chris Jones, and his father the whole weekend. It is crazy how Wisconsin is coming up everywhere in my life. Chris is very good. I mean he scored all three touchdowns (laughter). It would be great to play with him at the next level."

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