Jeffery Farrar recruit scouting report: Can play either wide receiver or defensive back

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Upland athlete still isn't quite sure what side of the field he'll play on in college.

Jeffery Farrar is one of those players who can go either way at the next level depending on where he sees his talents suiting him. Farrar is a 6'1, 195-pound athlete who currently plays at Upland (Calif.) High as both a wide receiver and a defensive back. Farrar has the height to become a solid wide receiver threat, but also can rove and play safety or corner.

A consensus three-star recruit, Farrar is ranked by Rivals as the 40th-best wide receiver. 247Sports places Farrar as the 38th-best athlete and the 38th-best California product. ESPN notes Farrar for his versatility, positioning him as the 27th-best athlete and 23rd among California prospects. Scout positions Farrar as the 88th overall safety.

Farrar enjoys offers from over a half-dozen schools like Arizona, Arizona State, California, Michigan State, UCLA and Virginia. You can watch Farrar's highlight reel on Hudl.

Derrell Warren, West Coast Recruiting Analyst: Farrar is a long, agile player. He has near ideal length for a player his size, and projects to be a starter-level boundary cornerback or safety.

At first glance, Farrar would appear to be ideally suited for press coverage. However, he functions very well operating in both zone and off-­man concepts as well.

Farrar stays balanced in his drop and has good first-step burst. He flips his hips with ease, especially for a taller corner. He has quick feet and re­directs well in space, but does not appear to be a blazer from a speed perspective.

A versatile corner, Farrar can cover with his feet (off-­man) or hands (press) with equal effectiveness. He plays a lot of "triangle" technique (a Marty Schottenheimer staple) where he plays off the receiver and reads the quarterback drop as a key of whatever route is being run.

Farrar has the suddenness to "plant and drive" effectively versus outs, hitches and passes thrown into the flat. That said, he needs to do a better job of being keeping receivers from crossing his face on in-­breaking routes. There are several instances on tape in which he is able to recover, take good angles and drive on the ball after a receiver has gotten into his break. At the next level, however, I would like to see him limit that initial separation.

A two­-way player, his experience on offense comes into play as he has the vision to track the ball in flight. His soft hands and ability to high point the ball allow him to always be a threat to create a turnover on contested throws.

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