Beginning with Robert Woods in 2010, and carrying on with George Farmer, Marqise Lee and now Adoree’ Jackson, USC has hauled in quite the collection of wide receivers from Serra High School in Gardena.
Lee and Woods went on to have prolific collegiate careers as Trojans and the same is expected from Jackson. However for Farmer, his time at USC has been riddled by injury and he’s yet to measure up to the standard set by the Serra products.
During Pac-12 Media Day, Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler shared his optimism over the season he believes Farmer is in store to have.
“To me, he looks 100 percent,” Kessler said. “He looks comfortable and he’s making cuts on his knee that he probably wouldn’t have made a couple of months ago, so he’s really starting to get back in the swing of things.”Kessler also marveled at Farmer’s physical attributes, which is what had many universities seeking the five-star wide receiver’s signature.
“He can straight fly. He’s got a motor,” Kessler said.
“For him to be able to move that fast, for how big he is. I mean, he’s over 200 pounds and real strong. It’s very unique to have him as a wide receiver.”
Farmer’s size and speed played a role in his brief transition to running back during the 2011 season. The move from wide receiver never quite gained traction and Farmer carried the ball for just 15 yards in the stint.
Farmer appeared to finally shake free of recurring hamstring injuries and was said to be on track for a breakout season in 2013 before being derailed by a torn ACL.
Should he manage to remain healthy in 2014, Steve Sarkisian’s offense which is filled with three wide receiver sets, could be a system that Farmer flourishes in.
“He’s going to surprise a lot of people,” Kessler said.