Commit Profile: Zach Harmon

As the class of 2014 signs their national letters of intent, we run down each signee's recruiting process and look back at what it took for the Blue Devils to earn his commitment. Next up is Ohio offensive lineman Zach Harmon.

Name: Zach Harmon

School: Central Catholic HS (Toledo, OH)

Ht/Wt/40: 6-foot-4 / 265lbs / 4.9

Projected Position: Center

Recruiting Recap: Harmon picked Duke over offers from Buffalo, Kentucky, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Marshall, Miami of Ohio, Toledo, and Western Kentucky.

Quotable: "That campus is beautiful. I cant wait to see the renovations to the stadium."

"I really enjoyed the coaches. Coach Cutcliffe and coach Latina seem to be two old school coaches who are passionate and very experienced."

Note: Harmon's senior season was cut short after sustaining a serious neck injury. However, he's in the process of making a full recovery and returning to the field:

"The season was great until the end of the third game. I broke my C6 vertebrae in two different spots in my neck which ended my senior season. I did accomplish one goal; I was selected as a captain by my teammates. That was a goal of mine. I had surgery on my neck in October. They took my disk out and put in cadaver bone between my C6 and C7 vertebrae. The bone is starting to fuse together. I can't complain about how my high school career went. I'm very lucky to have played for Toledo Central Catholic," said Harmon.

Harmon's surgery was a success and he's already back in the gym to prepare himself to get back onto the field.

"I'm looking forward to learning how to become a better football player from my coaches. What it means to be a Duke player from the upperclassmen; a student athlete. But probably since my official visit, it would be my friends, lifelong friends that I will make with the guys coming in with me. Especially the four other offensive linemen that are coming in with me. I can tell that we are going to be a close-knit group," said Harmon.


Self Evaluation: "I definitely want to redshirt to get bigger, strong and learn the system better. I'm also looking for a school that is heavy on current sophomores on the O-Line. They will graduate as I finish my redshirt year and give me the best opportunity to get as much playing time during those remaining 4 years of eligibility."

Projected 2014 Season Status: As he finishes his rehabilitation process and moves toward focusing on getting back to speed and in football shape, Harmon is a surefire redshirt candidate.

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