January 3, 2011

Farmer Army

The life of a highly recruited prospect can be wonderful at times.

But Gardena (Calif.) wide receiver George Farmer prefers the life of a committed prospect.

After calling an end to his recruitment by pledging to USC in December, Farmer is happy with his new level of comfort.

"Life is much smoother," Farmer said. "Many people have backed off and the phone calls have decreased. Now I'm just trying to help my team and help my basketball team win a state championship."

The decision to commit to USC was an easy one for Farmer. The stigma surrounding the program following the announcement of sanctions did not deter him.

"Regardless of the sanctions, it's still a prolific school," Farmer said. "The way they treat their athletes and work hard in practice, it's like an NFL team. I'm just going to try to go in there and help them win another national championship."

With his recruitment over, Farmer can now focus on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. His time in San Antonio has given him some early bonding time with many of his future teammates on the West squad, including Bakersfield (Calif.) quarterback Cody Kessler and Santa Ana (Calif.) wide receiver Victor Blackwell.

"I'm close with all of them. We come from around the same area. It's going to be a great experience being a Trojan and joining the Trojan family. I can't wait for it."

Farmer is also surrounded by a number of uncommitted players who are Trojan targets. Though he is not the most vocal of recruiters, Farmer said he would have no trouble making pitches this week.

"If I know they're considering USC, I'm going to put a little bug in their ear and say 'Come on down and be in the Trojan Family,'" Farmer said. "But I'm not going to pressure them into doing anything they won't want to do, because I know how that feels. But I'm going to keep them close and make them feel like they have a home there."

Farmer said his goal for the week was to take home Most Valuable Player honors. But he realizes he may have competition from a future teammate, Los Angeles (Calif.) athlete De'Anthony Thomas.

"It looks like we're both going to be on the same side of the ball since he loves running back," Farmer said. "We're going to be going at it."

USCfootball.com will keep you updated on Farmer's performance this week.

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