When Notre Dame assistant Mike Denbrock landed in California for a recruiting swing last week, one of his first stops was at Upland High School in Upland, Calif., home of 2014 athlete Jeff Farrar.
“He just came and watched my practice Tuesday night,” the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder said of Denbrock. “He came by and watched my whole practice. He made sure as soon as he got to Cali, he came down and touched down at my campus.
“It shows that they’re really interested because they wouldn’t come all of the way out to California to see my first. The fact that he came back that night to watch our practice shows how interested he was, to stay and watch our practice that started at 5:45. That means a lot to me.”
Farrar had the chance to speak with Denbrock afterward.
“I called him on the phone after because they’re not allowed to talk to us, but I made sure to give him a phone call that night and talked to him for a while,” Farrar said. “He was happy. He said I made it look real easy out there. He could tell I’m a captain on my team and everybody listens to what I have to say.
“He’s just real happy that he has a chance to recruit me just as I’m happy to be recruited by them. He can’t wait to get to the office, get back into meetings to talk about me and talk to the whole staff about what he saw.”
Farrar picked up an offer from Arizona State during a visit to Tempe earlier last month. Michigan State came through with an offer on Monday, joining a list that already included Arizona, Cal, UCLA, Virginia, Utah and Washington State.
“It’s a blessing just to have coaches want me to come play for their program, but I’m just staying humble about it,” said Farrar.
Farrar could play receiver or defensive back. The Irish haven’t said whether they see on offense or on defense and that isn’t important to him.
“I don’t have a preference,” he said. “I’ll play either.”
Notre Dame has Farrar’s attention early.
“It’s just a historical college,” he said. “They have an amazing stadium and from what I hear, when you go out there and see it, you fall in love. I just want to see what all of the rumors about the school are about.”
In addition to his trip to Arizona State, Farrar has made stops at some of the schools close to him.
“I’ve checked out the local schools, USC and UCLA,” he said. “They had junior days a month or two ago.
“It’s a good experience just to go out there and see their campuses. It’s good just to have that college atmosphere and see that college level practice.”
He’s planning to get to Virginia this summer and would like to get to South Bend in the coming months as well for an unofficial visit. He knows he’d get there for sure if the Irish offered.
“It would definitely mean something,” he said of a potential offer from Notre Dame. “I know players who have been recruited and offered by Notre Dame. They’ve told me nothing but positive things. If they offered me, I’ll definitely go down there for an official visit to check out a game.”