With football season almost underway, incoming freshman Koa Farmer is next up on the previews docket. The California product is an interesting young player on this Penn State roster with a lot of people unsure on just exactly what his role will be this season.
Not since Lydell Sargeant in 2005 has Penn State been able to secure a commitment from a California high school product. Even so, Sargeant graduated from high school in PA despite playing his final three football seasons in California. This is partly what makes Farmer such an intriguing prospect.
Farmer is a dynamic athlete and an incredibly intelligent young man, as he picked up offers from Yale and Harvard among more expected football powerhouses. The 6 foot 1 208 pound safety from California chose the Nittany Lions despite being originally committed to Cal and fielding offers from Wisconsin, Arizona State, Washington and more.
During the recruiting process, Farmer was hailed as a 4 star recruit by 247 Sports and Rivals, picking up a lot of interest later in his high school career. Farmer was recruited by James Franklin during his time at Vanderbilt and it is expected that his interest in Penn State spawned from that familiarity with Coach Franklin.
The commitment from Farmer brought excitement and talent into the 2014 class and it will be interesting to see his role at Penn State. Farmer was an incredibly dynamic player on both sides of the ball, in high school. He saw time at multiple positions and proved to be very versatile, but it’s expected he will ultimately end up in the Lions’ defensive backfield.
If a redshirt is not used on the incoming freshman, I believe Farmer has the talent to carve out a niche on this team. While that role may be mostly on special teams, Farmer could certainly end up finding playing time for himself at safety as the season progresses.