June 15, 2007
Quite possibly the top uncommitted target on Clemson's board - A.J. Harmon - entered this past week's Tommy Bowden Camp with the Tigers as his leader. Did he leave with the same standing?
"Clemson is one, Georgia two and Florida three," Harmon told Tigerillustrated.com Friday evening. "I'm going to announce at the Army All-American game, if I get picked for it. If not, I'll pull the trigger next month."
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound four star lineman out of Louisville (GA) Jefferson County made fast friends with fellow Clemson four star defensive tackle target Brandon Thompson - who hails from Thomasville (GA) - over the last few days.
"He's a brick wall," the big man said. "I like his whole style of playing and his attitude. He's quiet so I want to get him mad. Once he's mad no one will stop him and he'll do his part. I'm always mad on the field. With me and him on the inside and DaQuan (Bowers) and Ricky Sapp at the ends, that would be the fantastic four. There wouldn't be anything like that. It doesn't get better than that."
The blue-chipper already has a strong bond with Bowers, a Clemson five star defensive end commit.
"We are close, real good friends," the defensive tackle detailed. "We talk every day. He wants me to come down and chill in Bamberg and I'm trying to get him to come down here and chill, too. He's ready to play ball alright."
Who else impressed the interior mauler at camp?
"The No. 1 linebacker, from Alabama, Jerrell Harris - man he's really good," Harmon added. "He told me to call him up so we can talk. People say things about the ACC, but I'm telling you Clemson is going to be like Miami was a couple of years ago; all of those dread-locked boys running around. We are going to work, make plays and we'll know how to act, too."
He also squared off several times against major Tiger target R.J. Mattes, an offensive tackle out of Concord (NC) Robinson.
"RJ has major potential," the defender pointed out. "He's long and smart. Before you can beat him you have to get under his hands and get them off of you. He's quick and he's as strong as a tree."
The nation's No. 43 player, regardless of position, expanded on his relationship with defensive line coach Chris Rumph, who tutored him during the past few days in Tiger Town for camp.
"He's one of the best," the Peach State standout entailed. "He's a Hall of Famer in my book. That's my guy. I learned how to use my hands more. Playing nose guard I learned how to get my hands on the center quicker."
The stud prospect also spent time with head coach Tommy Bowden.
"He's a business-type guy," noted the touted recruit. "I love (Georgia) coach (Mark) Richt. If I could play for anyone else, I would play for him. He's like a father. But I love coach Bowden even more."
Rivals.com relieved its positional rankings this past week and Harmon debuted as America's No. 1 guard prospect.
"I'm shocked and thankful," pointed out the strongman. "But I'm hoping to work my way to be the No. 1 defensive tackle in the country. I like to play on defense a lot better. I know teams like to run in the 3-hole a lot so I can play the 3-technique and shut that down."
How early is he looking to make an impact on the college level?
"(Clemson) didn't say I would red-shirt and I would've been ok with that," he shared. "I would like to play early, as a freshman. With DaQuan and Brandon Thompson, the only question I have left basically is where is my equipment?"
What lies next for the Rivals100 member? Any more visits approaching?
"Rest, plenty of rest this weekend," Harmon concluded. "This is about it for visits. I'm getting tired."
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