Mt. SAC kicker is a useful weapon

When you have a leg like Mt. San Antonio K Jacob Harfman (5-10, 200) you're a threat on kickoffs as well as from almost any range on field goals. The Mounties are enjoying yet another outstanding season and with Harfman they know anytime they're inside the opponents' 40 yard line they have a very good chance of putting points on the board.

Harfman prepped at Ayala High School near Chino Hills, Ca. and he enjoyed an outstanding prep career as both a kicker and punter as well as a position player.

But scholarships for kickers and punters don't grow on trees and when he only received some walk-on offers with schools like Colorado State and New Mexico he decided to take a D-2 offer in Illinois.

"Urbana offered me a scholarship so I thought it would be best for me to go out there and give it a shot," Harfman told recently. "I just wasn't happy there though, so it came down to not being happy or coming home and trying this again, so that's what I did."

When he returned to the Golden State, Mt. San Antonio was the logical choice.

"The coaches here were great and I knew it was the best fit for me," Harfman said. "The program here is great and they always move guys on to the next level and that's really what I ultimately want."

So far, Harfman has lived up to his billing as one of top kickers in the country and he proves it both in the field in crunch time as well as in warmups and in practice.

"Everyday, I try to push myself," Harfman said. "The other day at practice I hit a 67-yarder and the next day, our coaches said 'let's go for the record' so they backed me up and I hit one from 69.

"That was a rush."

For the season Harfman has nailed 12 of his 14 field goal attempts (85.7%) including a 56-yarder and he's also amassed a 41.3 yard average on 15 punts and he's managed to 19 touchbacks on his kickoffs.

On the recruiting front, while Harfman doesn't have any offer to speak of just yet, some could be on the way.

"Nevada, New Mexico and Louisville have all been after me pretty hard and I know Louisville was really interested in me because they told my coaches they could be close to offering," Harfman said. "USC, Texas Tech, Kansas and Arizona have also called about my transcripts and have said they like me as well, but they have mainly talked to my coaches, so I don't know how interested they really are."

Because Harfman was a full-qualifier out of high school, he's had no trouble in the classroom, but he needs to get his AA degree and he won't complete that until February.

Whichever school Harfman signs with, he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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