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‘My dream isn’t going to stop,’ says former Oklahoma receiver playing for MGCCC

It’s somewhat ironic that Zach Farrar has found his way to Mississippi.

As a dual-sport standout at Southlake (Texas) Carroll, Farrar had a number of schools after him before he verbally committed to Mississippi State.

About three before signing day, the 6-foot-3, 209-pound receiver had a change of heart and signed with Oklahoma.

But things didn’t work out there. After redshirting in 2016, Farrar announced in May his decision to transfer. About a month later, he arrived at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Farrar pointed to his love of baseball when asked why he left the Sooners. It was his first sport growing up and, to be honest, he was pretty darn good at it; good enough to be a 26th round selection by the Chicago White Sox in the 2016 MLB Draft.

“My biggest thing was the opportunity to play baseball and football. When I was transferring from Oklahoma, one of the main reasons was because they took me out of baseball,” Farrar said Monday morning after MGCCC’s first fall practice. “The main reason I went to college was to play both sports and I’m not going to stop that. My dream isn’t going to stop. When I transferred I thought I’d have to sit out another year for football as well as for baseball.

“With this, I can play (football) my redshirt freshman year and then have three years of eligibility left for baseball.”

At Gulf Coast

Farrar has been in Mississippi for over a month, but he admitted it’s taking a while to get used to the combination of heat and humidity.

“The first day of practice and all I could think about was this Mississippi heat. I had to get acclimated from where I was in Texas and Oklahoma last year,” he said. “It got to me a little but I had to push through.

“... I’m in shape but this heat is something else.”

Gulf Coast graduated the bulk of its receiving yardage from a year ago, so Farrar should be a go-to target for whoever takes a stranglehold on the quarterback position, whether it’s incumbent Larry Sisson or Ohio State/Cincinnati transfer Torrance Gibson.

Farrar said he’s already started to build connections with both QBs.

“I started to get close with Larry. We’ve been hanging out off campus and stuff. He’s a cool guy,” he said. “Torrance is just a baller. At 6-5, he’s a big guy who came from Ohio State so he knows how to play the game and what college football is all about.”

What about MSU?

Does transferring to the Magnolia State help MSU with its former commit?

“(Receivers) coach (Billy) Gonzalez stayed in touch with me. He’s a good guy,” Farrar said. “I’m just going to see what happens on the recruiting trail.”

Regarding his recruitment, Farrar said he’s in no rush to make a decision.

“If everything goes to my plan, I plan on being out of here in six months, going to the school of my choice,” he said. “I don’t really have a preference right now. Just taking it day for day.”

One thing is for certain: Baseball will be in Farrar's future.

“That dream is never going to die,” he said. “I’m still going to play both sports.”

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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