PASADENA - While a torn rotator cuff potentially cost Muir High senior Addison Farmer a chance at a Division I college football scholarship, the injury is not preventing the lineman from competing at the next level.
Farmer announced that he recently signed his national letter of intent with Division II Adams State College of Alamosa, Colo. The Grizzlies compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
At the end of his junior year, the 5-foot-11, 270-pound Farmer had garnered attention from universities such as Colorado and New Mexico. Yet, his prospects took a hit when he injured his should.
"I tore my rotator cuff [in my left shoulder] at a five-star camp," said Farmer, who played both center and defensive tackle. "I was told that it was just a slight tear and would heal itself.
"But when it didn't heal, I took an MRI that said that I needed surgery, which I had in July."
Farmer, an All-Area first-team pick, was told by his physician that it was likely he'd have to sit out his senior season.
Yet, Farmer returned to action Oct. 6 in the sixth week of the season versus Glendale.
"I went to physical therapy and just worked as hard as I could," Farmer said. "I wanted to get back, but I made sure I was at least 90% when I got on the field."
Farmer finished as a Pacific League and CIF Southern Section Southeast Division first-team selection at center in leading the Mustangs (8-4) to a Pacific League championship and advancement to the second round of the playoffs.
Muir finished 6-1 in games Farmer started.
"I talked to God first about this decision and prayed I was making the right pick," Farmer said. "Then I talked to my mom [Carla] and made my decision. Now, I can't wait to get out there."