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SI High School Player of the Week - Football

October 18, 2010

George Farmer

Position:

Wide Receiver

School:

Junipero Serra High

Location:

Gardena, Calif.

Height:

6-2

Weight:

205

Class:

Senior

Season Highlights:

Widely considered to be the top wide receiver in the nation, Farmer has 618 receiving yards and six touchdowns for 6-0 Serra. His short list of colleges includes USC, Miami, Cal and Oregon.

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Posted: Tuesday October 19, 2010 1:18PM ; Updated: Monday December 13, 2010 12:11PM

Serra WR George Farmer is complete package

By Ben Glicksman, SI.com

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When Junipero Serra High senior wide receiver George Farmer looks 10 years into the future, he can envision himself flying.

"I want to major in aviation," he says. "I'd like to fly some commercial jets."

It's a fitting goal for him, as defenders can't find a way to bring him to the ground. At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Farmer has soared past opponents this season, racking up 618 receiving yards and six touchdowns in leading Serra to a 6-0 record. He's building off last year's spectacular effort -- 891 yards, 17 touchdowns -- to lead Serra to a 15-0 record and a Division III state championship.

The key feature of Farmer's game is his speed -- he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 -- which allows him to simply outrun opposing defenders. He compares it to NFL lightning rod DeSean Jackson's, one of the pros he models his game after.

"We're both very quick," he says. "I can see myself being like him one day."

Farmer's biggest advantage may come from his defensive perspective, as he plays safety on defense. Though he doesn't plan on continuing that role in college, he credits the experience with helping him to better read coverage schemes and map out his route before the snap. It also lends a sense of urgency to each reception.

"Every time there's a pass thrown to me, I gotta look at it like I'm the DB so I can attack the ball," he says. "If I don't, I think a DB is gonna go get it before I do. That mentality helps me out."

His combination of talent and football IQ has college scouts from across the nation bidding for his services, though his current top five includes Cal, USC, Miami, Oregon and Florida. He cites his compatibility with coaches, an up-tempo atmosphere and academics as his three central deciding criteria.

The X-factor, however, may be his relationship with current USC receiver Robert Woods. After sharing the Serra spotlight with Woods last season, Farmer considers him "a brother from another mother." He notes that Woods is mentoring him through the recruiting process, along with his coaches and former NFL-playing father.

In the meantime, he is taking advantage of every high school opportunity he can. He's claimed a state championship title on the basketball court as well as the gridiron, and finished a mere thousandth of a second away from capturing the state crown in the 100-meter dash (he finished with a 10.449, the winner ran a 10.448). Though a tough balancing act, he revels in the opportunity to showcase his many talents.

"You just gotta stay focused, you can't get sidetracked," he says. "Focus on school first, then sports. Everything just takes care of itself."

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