George Farmer is a 6-1 205lbs Sophomore wide receiver from Junipero Serra in Gardena, CA. He came in as a 5 star recruit and the best wide receiver in his class. He and Marqise Lee came into USC and joined former Serra teammate Robert Woods creating a trio of former Serra receivers. George Farmer came in with a ton of hype, and was expected to be the new face of USC football. He was said to be stronger, faster, and overall more athletic than Robert Woods who just came off of a breakout freshman season. It appeared to be set in stone, Robert Woods and George Farmer were to be the top two receivers for the Trojans, and not necessarily in that order... Now it's not like the hype wasn't well deserved, Farmer was just an absolute monster in high school. Everyone knew who he was and where he was going, and believe me my high school played him in his senior year. He had an intimidation factor, and it only made him tougher to compete against. As a senior Farmer had 65 receptions, 1,514 yards, 21 total touchdowns, and he also had three interceptions on defense. So although he certainly deserved a lot of hype it seemed like a bit much for a guy who never played a college snap.
At USC Farmer so far has been a bust. He has touched the ball a handful of times and has not been on the field much at all. Coming into USC with all that hype, and everyone expecting the world from you as a freshman must have put a ton of stress on the kid. He was said to be behind on the mental side of the game, and the mental part of the game is just as important as the physical part. Combine the struggle of understanding the playbook with all of his injuries and it just was not time for Farmer to step up. He was redshirted his freshman year only for it to be burnt later in the season when Lane Kiffin wanted him to have a go at running back. Farmer finished his freshman season with only 15 yards on five carries, and four receptions for 42 yards. Now coming into his sophomore year Farmer was expected to be used a lot more and finally become the star he was meant to be, but as we all know that would not happen. After starting off-season workouts well he suffered from a hamstring injury. The injury kept him out for awhile and he just never got back into the groove. Wide receivers coach Tee Martin even went on to say that Farmer was like a "Ferrari". What he meant by this is he really has to take care of himself, and take extra precautions to stay injury-free. Farmer ended his sophomore season by once again seeing limited field time.
Now we can ask ourselves the question, Will Farmer now have a breakout year? Let's hope he does because we really need a player like him to step up. Now the road to stardom will still not be a cakewalk for him, and I'm sure he is fully aware of this. With the departure of Robert Woods it leaves a space wide open for someone to jump in and take it, but Farmer will have a lot of competition. Nelson Agholor was a big contributor to the offense this year as a freshman, and he is more than capable of taking the job. Also Victor Blackwell and Devon Flounrey will also compete for that spot. George Farmer was born with talent that cannot be learned, he is a just an exceptional athlete. I think I am speaking for all Trojan fans when I say this, but I would hate to see George Farmer finish his career the way he has started it.