ANALYSIS: The son of Weber State star Kevin Harmon, who passed away three years ago during his freshman season at Oakley (Calif.) Freedom, Kyle Harmon is perfect fit, both athletically and culturally, for Justin Wilcox's team. Harmon is a 4.0 student with a plus-plus work ethic -- the kind of player who will bleed for his teammates.
"Kyle Harmon, love that kid," said Scout national recruiting manager Brandon Huffman. "I think that's an absolute steal for Cal. It was a complete steal for Cal Poly to get him, because I thought he was, at the minimum, a Mountain West-level player, but I thought he could play in the Pac-12. Cal offered him, and he committed to the Bears, a local kid, too -- what a concept -- [I'm] a big fan of his."
The prototypical inside linebacker for new defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter's 3-4 conversion job, Harmon has a safety's instincts and loves to hit. Should remind fans of Avery Sebastian. Tough, hard-nosed competitor with a high football IQ. Plays above his athletic gifts.
This season, for the North Coast Section finalists, Harmon, the back-to-back BVAL Defensive Player of the Year racked up a staggering 146 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions for 60 return yards, five pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. For his efforts, he earned MaxPreps All-NorCal honors, was a consensus All-Bay Area and first-team All-BVAL linebacker. He also added nine catches for 127 yards and four touchdowns grabs all as a senior as well as 11 rushes for 47 yards and one touchdown on the ground on offense.
Harmon has led the BVAL in tackles each of the last three seasons. In three years, he's piled up 405 total tackles, breaking the century mark as a sophomore, junior and senior. He's averaged 10.9 tackles per game through three varsity seasons. For his career, Harmon has accumulated 30.5 tackles for loss, 11.0 sacks, four forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.
“Kyle did it all and was an incredibly productive football player in high school," Wilcox said. "He really wanted to stay home and come to Cal and was enthusiastically on board once we offered him. I’m extremely confident that he will do everything he can to make the most of this opportunity.”
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