Harmon Has Message for Clemson Fans

Clemson commitment A.J. Harmon goes on the record with CUTigers.com to discuss everything from his recent visit to Georgia, to his commitment status with the Tigers. What nickname has coach Billy Napier given his prize recruit? What message does Harmon have for Tiger Nation?

A.J. Harmon Profile

4-star lineman A.J. Harmon recently got the good news that he has wanted to hear when he found out he was selected for the U.S. Army All American game.

"For me it is like when you get selected for the Pro Bowl," he said. "It is a dream come true. I have been following that game for years. I have wanted to go and for some reason it happened. I have to thank God for that. Without him I would be 6-5, 300 and some."

This past weekend Harmon traveled to Georgia to visit former teammate Fernando Velasco. In an interview with DawgPost.com editor Dean Legge, Harmon suggested the recruiting process could go on until National Signing Day in February.

While Harmon admitted to saying as much afterwards, he also maintains the visit to Athens, Ga. was made to see Velasco.

"That was it. I wasn't doing anything but visiting a friend. Coach Richt ran into me and we talked briefly. He wasn't trying to recruit me. He just said if I change my mind to give him a call. Any coach would do that," said Harmon.

"I am 100 percent Clemson Tiger."

Harmon also emphasized that Clemson assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Billy Napier is one of the big reasons Harmon is committed to the Tigers.

"He was the first coach who I really talked to. I still have the first letter coach Napier sent me. I have it on my wall. After I went to the camp at Clemson I got my scholarship. If felt real good, but I didn't want to decide then. Georgia didn't offer until the middle of my season. That hurt their chances some. I love coach Napier. He is like a brother, but more down to earth," said Harmon.

Napier has already given the big guy a nickname.

"He has told me about the refrigerator Perry at Clemson. So calls me, 'The Freezer.' He said when I get in the backfield I'm going to freeze everything up," said Harmon.

"You know, I use to watch Clemson when I was little. It was back before the WestZone was built. It is just something about Clemson. I use to watch Keith Adams at linebacker when he was at Clemson," said Harmon.

Could anything make A.J. change his decision to attend Clemson?

"I want to do what is best for me. I could be making the wrong decision. Only god knows. If it is meant for me to go somewhere else, god will tell me. But right now I am 100 percent tiger. The only way I will change is if god came down and told me I should go somewhere else. If he told me to go to Duke I would go to Duke," said Harmon.

While his commitment remains firm, the pressure for Harmon to change his mind will remain until signing day.

"It is mostly from the fans. They say you need to go to Georgia man. They all try to give me advice. They say don't do nothing crazy. I have to do what is right for me. I am married to Clemson right now. I want to put my town on the map," said Harmon.

Harmon also wants Clemson fans to know what gets him going as a football player.

"Put this down," he said. "I want the fans to know I feed off the fans. When the fans are hollering my name out it gets me going. That is what makes me play better. That makes number 75 come out instead of A.J. Harmon. When he gets lose, he is a nut."

The next few weeks will be very busy for the top prospect.

"I am going to the North South All-star game. My coach is helping with that and he asked me to play. After that I will get a feel for football again. Then I get ready to go out to San Antonio for the US Army All American game. Then I head up to Clemson on January 11 for my official visit," said Harmon.

Harmon ended his interview with CUTigers.com by relaying one more message to Tiger Nation:

"Let's go win the ACC Championship baby," he added.

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