July 30, 2007

Three schools interested in 2009 safety

Safety Duron Harmon is one of the top defensive backs on the east coast from the Class of 2009 and the rising junior has already attracted the attention of three college programs. Harmon attended a camp at Virginia and the Ultimate 100 in New Jersey earlier this summer, and his stock should continue to rise as the recruiting process heats up.

At 6-foot-1 and 191 pounds Harmon should have ideal size for a college safety at the Division I level as his body continues to develop. He was recently clocked by his coach at 4.52 seconds in the 40-yard dash and is poised to have a big junior season.

"I did okay at the Ultimate 100, but I didn't perform as well as I was capable of doing," Harmon said. "I'm going to play both ways this year and I've been told I'll be recruited for offense and defense, but probably more as a safety."

Rutgers, Virginia and Delaware have expressed interest in Harmon. While it's too early for anyone to get excited about their chances with the Wyoming (Del.) Caesar Rodney prospect, one school may have an early advantage.

"My favorites at this point are probably Rutgers and Delaware," he said. "I've always wanted to go to Rutgers. We've always talked about that. It's not far from where I'm at so I could always go home when I wanted to. Delaware's only about 50 minutes away too, so that wouldn't be bad.

"I actually talked to my coach the other day and he told me that some schools had called about me. I'm going to have a meeting with him soon and find out who it was because he hasn't told me yet."

Harmon has spoken with an assistant coach at Delaware who told him that he was very interested and would be tracking him closely. A coach from Rutgers made the trip to Caesar Rodney last year to get an up-close look at the then-sophomore safety.

While Virginia has not shown as much interest as those two schools, Harmon does have ties to the Cavaliers' program.

"I went down to UVa's camp and I'm checking them out because my cousin D.J. Bell was there on a football scholarship," he said. "He just graduated but I wanted to see what things were like there. He's talking about playing arena football now but I know he liked it there."

Harmon does not have any more plans for the summer outside of working out with his high school team, but Rutgers has told the coach at Caesar Rodney that they would like Harmon to take an unofficial visit to their campus this fall.

Harmon already knows what he will be looking for in a college.

"Academics are going to be big for me. My mom is really big on that. I want to play at a winning program too. I don't really want to go play somewhere that's going to lose a lot of games. I like being around great players."

As a sophomore Harmon recorded 73 tackles, three interceptions, nine pass breakups and three forced fumbles at safety. On offense he had two carries for 60 yards and two receptions for 60 yards as well.

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