Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 53 Days

A.J. Harmon, OL/DL
6-5, 328, Louisville GA (Jefferson County HS), True Freshman
Harmon was probably the biggest surprise of the 2008 Signing Class, Harmon committed to UGA at the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, after being committed to Clemson for 6 months. His recruitment was an interesting story, as he wanted to go to UGA all along, only to be told that a scholarship wasn't available in Athens. He then said he wanted to go to a school where he could "hit Matthew Stafford on every play." Once a scholarship became available at UGA again, he decided to take it, thanks to the recruitment of former Jefferson County player and starting UGA center, Fernando Velasco. Rivals rated him as the #2 offensive guard prospect in the country coming out of high school, but Stacy Searles will probably have to pry him from Rodney Garner's hands if we are going to see A.J. on the offensive line this season. Harmon has already been assigned #93 for fall practice.
Depth Chart Analysis: Garner informed Harmon a few months ago that he'd need to get his weight down to 315 lbs in order to play defensive tackle this season. As of May, he wasn't quite there yet, and by mid-June it was reported that he was back up to 330. Conventional wisdom says that if he isn't down to "DL weight", he'll redshirt and they'll give him another year to get there. Or....maybe Searles will get him at offensive guard. Regardless of where he ends up, this is the kind of player that could be an All-American on either side of the ball before he leaves town.

1 comment:

Bop said...

It'll be interesting to follow the careers of Harmon and Omar Hunter and see which one ends up being better. I do like Harmon's versatility and personally hope he ends up at DT as a John Henderson/Marcus Stroud type.