Wide receiver Jeff Farrar (Upland, Calif./Upland) has been to all of UCLA's home football games this season and his interest in the Bruins increased with each one. On Saturday, after UCLA's big win over USC, Farrar couldn't contain himself any longer and made a verbal commitment to the UCLA coaching staff.
"This game was honestly the game that made me want to go to UCLA," Farrar said. "I've been watching them all year and this game shows that the change is happening now. It's not taking three or four years. It's happening in Coach Mora's first year."
Farrar was in contact with several programs from the ACC, Pac-12 and SEC, but the offer from the Bruins was the only one he needed to make his decision.
"I've been thinking about it for a long time," he said. "I've checked into the backgrounds of a lot of the schools recruiting me. But with my talents and with what UCLA is doing, I think I could really fit into the program. And it's close to my family, too."
Farrar said the UCLA coaches were excited with the announcement, though they wanted to make sure it wasn't a product of the emotion of the game. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete assured them that plenty of thought went into the decision, and that he was happy to be a member of UCLA's 2014 class.
UCLA is recruiting Farrar as an athlete. While he mostly played wide receiver coming into this season, he's been asked to play cornerback for much of this season and has done a terrific job there.
"The team needed me there, so that's where I stepped up," he said. "I have six picks in four games."
He said it doesn't matter to him where he plays in the future. As long as he is suited up and on the field, he'll be happy.
"Just put me on the field and let me play," he said. "I love corner and I love receiver. Next year, I might have an idea where I'd like to play in college, but right now I'm just playing."