Koa Farmer, ladies and gentlemen!
Home/HS: Sherman Oaks, CA/Notre Dame
Weight: 200 lbs
Recruited by: Ricky Rahne
Starz 'n Sheetz:
Stars: 4* 247 & Rivals, 3* Scout & ESPN
Offer Sheet: Cal (Previously committed 10/17/13), Arizona State, Colorado, Fresno State, Harvard, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington, Wisconsin, Yale
Also check out Koa's Hudl page right here.
The former Cal commit jumped onto Penn State's radar with the change in coaching staffs, as he was a big target for Franklin's staff down at Vanderbilt. With the new combination of the staff and school, it just all looked good to Koa, who is currently in Happy Valley on an official visit. He had also recently picked up an offer from Wisconsin that looked like it would cause even more conflicting feelings for Farmer. However, the staff was clearly able to seal the deal and make the 4* safety see nothing but blue and white. Koa announced via his instagram account that he will be pursuing a PhD in Pathology.
#PennState has picked up a commitment from California #Top247 Saf./LB Koa Farmer. http://t.co/pPit82RseR— Lions247 (@Lions247) January 26, 2014
NITTANY LION #WEARE— KOA#⃣6⃣ (@KOAFARMER) January 26, 2014
Koa was a stud on both sides of the ball in high school, and has many different listings for his position on various recruiting websites. He is listed as a safety, linebacker, quarterback, wide receiver, and of course, athlete. For Penn State however, it appears that his likely positional destination is safety. Although the class already includes Marcus Allen and Trace McSorely, for a team that started Jesse Della Valle at safety last season once or twice, depth in the defensive backfield is always welcomed (No disrespect to you JDV, love you kid). He still has some work to do on the defensive side of the ball, but he has all the physical skills to be a powerful force patrolling the deep zones. For more analysis on Farmer's college potential, check out this SBN article from December.
Farmer will be enrolling at Penn State at an ideal time to help this team early on in his career. He is a dynamic athlete who could pair with Marcus Allen to form a formidable safety duo in the future (Don't forget McSorely, either). While it's easy to see what attracted Koa to Penn State, it's still pretty exciting to see a Californian ready to travel out to State College, where we had temperatures below 0 twice last week. Seeing Penn State pull a 4* recruit away from Cal is certainly an exciting pull, and Penn State fans everywhere should be very excited to have him.
Koa Farmer's commitment brings the Penn State class to 22.
Welcome to Penn State, Koa!