June 20, 2008

Harmon explains decision

Athlete Duron Harmon ended the recruiting process on Thursday with a verbal commitment to Rutgers. The 6-foot-1, 187-pound prospect from Wyoming (Del.) Caesar Rodney discussed his decision and what he expects down the road.

Harmon's versatility and athleticism earned him offers from schools like Stanford, Temple, Delaware, UConn, Iowa, Maryland and Pittsburgh, but in the end he felt as though Rutgers was the right place for him.

"What it really was is my relationship with the coaches," Harmon said. "The way they recruited me, they just kept it real. I liked how Coach Schiano let me know what my role would be. It didn't really have much to do with football, it was just the way he was talking about his vision for the program and everything. That really sealed the deal and separated Rutgers from the other schools."

Harmon said he seriously considered Maryland, Pittsburgh, Virginia and UConn before making his decision. He was scheduled to take a visit to Virginia, but a recent conversation with Schiano had a big impact on him.

"When I went up to Rutgers the first time I was about to commit then and they let me weigh my options a little bit longer," he explained. "Then he said something to me. He asked, 'How would you feel if we ran out of scholarships to give?' When he said that I knew it was time to commit.

"I knew I wanted to go there for a while and yesterday I knew it was time."

Thursday was a big day for the Rutgers football program as the Scarlet Knights picked up commitments from several prospects. In addition to Harmon, Rutgers secured verbals from tight end Malcolm Bush and running back Robert Joseph.

Earlier in the week Rutgers had scored commitments from running back Aaron Hayward and wide receiver Mark Harrison. Harmon is the tenth prospect to commit to the Scarlet Knights in the month of June.

"I heard we got a tight end and a (running) back," he said. "I read about the tight end, Bush I think, and I saw him at the premier showcase. He's a good athlete and he can move to be that big. I think he's a good player. Seeing what I've seen I know that's a good pick up."

Harmon has big expectations for the future, both for himself and the program he will be a part of.

"As far as my goals as a person, I'm just going to go out there and give it my all and just work hard every day. I'm going to let Rutgers know that I'm there to help them win a national championship."

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