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Saturday, December 11, 2010
George Farmer commits to USC

By Greg Biggins
ESPNRISE.com

It always seemed as if it were just a matter of time before Gardena (Calif.) Serra five-star wide receiver George Farmer took the step and committed to longtime favorite USC.

On Friday afternoon, Farmer -- No. 13 in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 2 wideout in the country -- did just that.

"I called up Coach [Lane] Kiffin and said I was ready to be a Trojan," Farmer said. "He was real excited and so was I and I'm ready to get there and help USC win a national championship. USC has great athletes, my boy [former high school teammate] Robert Woods is there and I just fit in really well there."

Farmer has been considered as close to a lock as possible from the second USC offered him a scholarship more than a year ago. It would have been a major recruiting shocker if he had chosen any other school.

"It's hard to explain but there was just something about USC. It's a great school and it's where I always wanted to go. They send guys to the NFL every year, they're a great academic school and they're very strong athletically as well," Farmer said. "The whole recruiting process was starting to wear on me a little and I'm just relieved and excited to have this decision behind me."

Luginbill's Take

What a huge pick-up as the Trojans reunite former teammates Farmer and Class of 2010 WR Robert Woods. Farmer is not only a physically fantastic wide receiver, but also a fine safety prospect. If he stays on offense and with USC's limited numbers, he should see the field early and could be an impact player for quarterback Matt Barkley, just as Woods was this season.

-- ESPN Recruiting's Tom Luginbill

Farmer is the 17th commitment to USC's class, which is ranked 13th in the country right now. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound wideout has more than 1,300 yards (averaging nearly 24 yards a catch) and 13 touchdowns this season.

A two-sport star, he finished second in the 100 meters at the state track finals a year ago.

With Farmer now in the fold, all eyes will turn to his Cavaliers teammate Marqise Lee.

Lee is a standout safety/receiver who, like Farmer, took official visits to Cal, Oregon and Florida. It is expected to come down to USC and Oregon for the four-star athlete.