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Farmer ready for some visits

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WEST HILLS, Calif. - George Farmer is taking an official visit to Oregon this weekend but don't expect the five-star wide receiver from Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra to commit soon.
Farmer said after Friday night's 35-21 come-from-behind victory over previously undefeated West Hills Chaminade that he plans to visit Oregon, Florida, Miami and maybe one other school before making a commitment.
The Ducks are being strongly considered especially because of their explosive offense and how they use their receivers.
"At Oregon, they have all that NIKE stuff and they have great facilities," Farmer said. "I expect to have a good relationship with the coaches and I want to experience something I've never seen before. I've been to USC to check out games but I want to check out the atmosphere at their games.
"The offense is electrifying. They get the ball to their receivers in open space. It's a great offense. They know what to do, where to throw the ball, where to put the ball at certain times and they play hard, fast and nasty football."
Farmer, whose 63-yard touchdown reception tied Friday's game at 21, said he will visit Florida next weekend for its game against South Carolina and then will be at Miami the weekend of Dec. 10. Another visit could happen as well but Farmer wasn't sure of the destination. Alabama has been one of his top five schools.
The Serra standout won't be alone on his trips. Teammates Marqise Lee and Jason Gibson are accompanying Farmer at Oregon this weekend. Lee and Farmer will visit Florida and Miami together. Both Farmer and Lee said it's about an "80 percent chance" that they'll play together in college.
"We've talked about playing against each other on different teams but we're like brothers," Farmer said. "We've been together since Day 1. We've been through a lot together. It would be hard for us to part."
Lee, a four-star athlete, said he's trying to convince Gibson, a four-star defensive end, to play with him and Farmer in college but that devastating trio might not come to fruition. Gibson is considering Oregon, Cal and UCLA and the latter two aren't being looked at by Lee or Farmer any longer.
A source said that Farmer will still probably end up at USC - the Trojans have long been considered a heavy favorite - but others believe Farmer might consider other options especially if he's blown away on his visits.
"USC has always been there," Farmer said. "They are a prolific school. You have to look at them. They're right in our backyard. They have a great offense, great academics so you have to consider them."
Farmer said some schools are even talking to him about playing safety but many believe his pro potential is at wide receiver and that he'd prefer to stay on offense.
Lee said colleges had been recruiting him solely at safety but now some are considering him for offense as well. He had touchdown catches of 74 and 55 yards Friday night and he's clearly one of the best athletes in the 2011 class.
Early on, Farmer intended to announce his commitment at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January but he has since grown weary of the recruiting process and might decide earlier. He said Friday that it's a "50-50 chance" whether he'd wait for the Army game or not.
"I'm taking all my trips and then I'm going to decide and commit," Farmer said. "It depends on how I feel. If I feel pretty good after I take all my trips then I'm going to commit sooner."
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