Though George Farmer has only played varsity football for one season, he's already established himself as one of the nation's top prospects for the 2011 recruiting class.
The Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra wide receiver has offers from at least eight schools and has the attention of some of the top college football programs around, including Florida, Oklahoma and Texas.
Farmer took in USC's Rising Stars camp on Thursday. He didn't compete at the camp – he will next summer – but he was able to get a better feel for the Trojans.
"I loved it, it was really exciting," Farmer said. "The enthusiasm is great there and everybody comes to play. It's what I like to see in a school."
During his time in Los Angeles, Farmer got a chance to sit down with USC's coaching entire coaching staff.
"I talked to the coaches and had a few words with them," he said. "They had a lot of good things to say to me and they formally offered me today."
Farmer said getting the offer "feels really great," but he has a long time before he'll need to make a decision. Farmer plans on taking his time.
"I have two years left, so I haven't really looked at where I'm going to go," Farmer said. "I've still got a lot of things to learn and I need to focus on my high school career right now. We're really not sitting down and choosing a school right now. We're keeping our options open, and in a year we'll sit down and think about it."
Farmer said he has no favorites at this point, but noted that almost every school he regularly follows has already made an offer. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound receiver's recruitment will formally begin on Sept. 1, when coaches can begin to contact him.
Farmer burst onto the recruiting scene following his freshman season, when he stunned scouts at USC and UCLA camps and ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at USC's camp. It was the fastest time of any prospect at the camp.
As a sophomore, Farmer caught 31 passes for 523 yards and seven touchdowns. He's become a hot recruiting target for a number of reasons.
"I think it's because of what I do at camps, I've showed what I can really do," he said. "Then there's also my speed, I'm a humble person and I showed what I'm capable of on the field this season."
Junipero Serra will begin its summer practices Monday. The program has added a number of new transfer players, including former Palisades, Calif., quarterback Conner Preston, and Farmer said he's looking forward to his second season on varsity.
"I'm planning to do bigger and better things next year," he said.