Harmon Commits to Clemson

Clemson has landed the verbal commitment of one of the top linemen in the country for the class of 2008. Read more about his commitment in this report!

DT A.J. Harmon Profile

The Clemson Tigers picked up their 11th verbal commitment earlier today when A.J. Harmon gave his pledge to the Clemson defensive line coach Chris Rumph.

"I called coach Rumph first and he said he wouldn't be able to sleep tonight," said Harmon. "I talked to coach Bowden after coach Rumph. Coach Bowden asked me if I could handle the pressure and I told him I could. I'm committed to Clemson."

Harmon, who said his commitment is firm, also said he hopes his parents are okay with his decision.

"I feel really good about it. I'm not nervous about anything regarding my decision. The big thing for me was the depth chart. They really showed me they had the right academics," he said.

"I want my parents and coaches to be comfortable with my decision. I think they will be."

Harmon is the first defensive tackle prospect to verbally commit to the Tigers in the 2008 recruiting class.

Harmon chose the Tigers over offers from Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida State and North Carolina.

He finished his junior season with 70 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and nine sacks. Harmon also benches 320 pounds, squats 550 and has a 26-inch vertical jump.

Harmon, who could play on both sides of the ball at the next level, will play on the defensive line at Clemson.

"I'm quick off the ball," he said. "I time the ball really well and I have great reactions. I'm light on my feet and I bull rush really well. I'm good at getting my hands on you and not letting you escape. I want to improve my forty speed. I'm also working on making my hands even better and my chop block. I'd also like to get guys off me quicker."

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