NEW YORK -- Jeff Farrah thought he needed something to stand out at the Elite 11 regional on Saturday at Randall's Island Park.
So the Monmouth (Tinton Falls, N.J.) junior quarterback, at the suggestion of his older brother, picked up a pair of gold cleats he had seen on a commercial a couple of weeks ago.
While the cleats shined in the New York City sun, so did the 5-foot-11, 157-pound Farrah, who was one of six finalists at the event.
"I wanted to prove myself and prove that even as a shorter quarterback, I can do what the taller kids are doing, the kids with offers," he said.
Farrah, unlike a number of signal-callers at the event, doesn't have any offers and is only receiving interest from Yale, Monmouth University and Sacred Heart University at this point. Yet there he was in the finals with the likes of fellow Garden State product Kevin Olsen of Wayne Hills (Wayne, N.J.), who's the No. 77 overall recruit in the ESPN 150 and was named MVP of the regional.
Elite 11 coach Jordan Palmer, a former NFL quarterback, was one of the many in attendance who were impressed by Farrah.
"Jeff Farrah, to me, jumped out as much as anybody," said Palmer. "I know his frame isn't going to get him any offers off the bat alone, but this is a guy schools need to be paying attention to, because he's a guy I can see can move around, make throws and he's very confident and has a great demeanor. Those are attributes I would look for if I were a college coach recruiting these guys. He's a guy I would definitely keep an eye on."
Farrah was brimming with confidence after seeing himself among the top quarterbacks at the end.
"It's a fuel for me to keep going and get that offer," he said.
Palmer believes the college program that ignores Farrah's lack of height and offers him a scholarship will be getting a steal.
"Farrah was a guy who was really coachable today," he said. "I could see him going in and winning a lot of games for somebody's program. He's a guy who has a huge upside."