Jarmon Down to Seven

Waco Midway wide receiver Hunter Jarmon is putting together a big season in helping the Panthers make another run at state.

"This team is very competitive," Jarmon said. "We lost a lot from last year, but we still had high expectations."

Those kinds of expectations came from Midway reaching the state title game a year ago, only to fall short of the ultimate goal.

"I hate that feeling of watching them hold up that first place trophy," Jarmon said. "It has given us motivation."

Jarmon has been a big part of Midway's continued success. While he had a big year in 2011 with more than 1,200 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns, he's really come into his own as a senior.

"I feel like I have really improved," Jarmon said. "I've only really been playing football for a couple of years, so I'm kind of raw to the game. But with my dad playing college football, I've really started working on the fundamentals. I've been trying to improve every game, and I've gotten better."

Jarmon originally started off as a baseball player. His brother is a 6-foot-6 pitcher, and Jarmon took to the sport quickly.

"I've always had a ball in my hands," Jarmon said. "But it was usually a baseball. I didn't decide to play football until I was in eighth grade.

"Hand-eye coordination, the way you concentrate while hitting or fielding, a lot of that translates into football," Jarmon said. "It's a lot easier to catch something larger, like a football, than it is to catch something smaller."

As Jarmon has continued to improve, the Panthers have kept rolling. Midway was moved up to 5A this year from 4A, but that hasn't stopped the Panthers from rolling up a 12-0 record and a spot in the third round of the playoffs against fellow undefeated Abilene. But even with all of that success, Midway hasn't necessarily garnered the attention of other top contenders.

"As a team, we don't really care about the press or having our name out there," Jarmon said. "We have a lot of unselfish guys. The press is just a bonus. Winning is more than enough for us."

Jarmon has been offered by a number of teams from the Big 12, Big 10 and Pac-12, and he has trimmed his list to a top seven that includes Cincinnati, Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Texas Tech and Washington State. With two official visits left, Jarmon expects to visit Washington State and either Texas Tech or Cincinnati.

"All seven of those schools are clustered," Jarmon said. "Really, I thought I might get recruited for baseball, so football recruiting has really come upon me quickly. So it's one big pack.

"The whole thing has been fun and exciting," Jarmon said. "I feel like I will know my decision in late December or early January, and I will go ahead and commit then."

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