Harmon: "I may decide soon"

ATHENS – Georgia got one of its most important visitors today when A.J. Harmon toured the Georgia campus.

The Bulldogs are fighting Florida, Auburn and Clemson to pick up arguably the top player in Georgia, and today's visit was Harmon's first real good look at Athens. His mother came with him on the trip.

"They said they need me," said Harmon, who was in Athens for the Bulldogs' first scrimmage of spring football. "They told me to let them know first when I decide where I want to go."

The Bulldogs have been after the 300+ pound Harmon for some time, and their recruiting war with Clemson and others may be coming to an end soon, he said.

"I am starting to think I may decide earlier," he admitted. Harmon previously thought he may wait a while before deciding, but, he said, he has been thinking about it more and more.

Still, Georgia will have to hold off for one more of Harmon's visits to Clemson. He has scheduled a trip to Death Valley for April 4th.

Getting Harmon to commit to any program, however, has not been a simple task. Clemson has proved to be a formidable rival for the Dawgs. The Tigers topped Harmon's list earlier in the recruiting process. The prospect explained that how comfortable he was with Clemson's recruiting coordinator Billy Napier and Mark Richt.

"Coach Napier and Coach Richt are the two I feel the most comfortable with," Harmon said earlier this year.

Georgia may have swung momentum in its favor earlier this year when Mark Richt came to speak at Harmon's year-end banquet. Richt brought a slew of players including running back Kregg Lumpkin and former Jefferson County star Fernando Velasco, and Harmon was flattered.

"I was happy that they came and spoke to me. I was surprised that they brought so many people down to the banquet," Harmon said.

Richt has said in the recent past how important it is for his program to recruit "sturdy" linemen. Several recent Georgia linemen have had shoulder problems, which left the Bulldogs thin on the offensive line this season. Harmon could play either offensive or defensive line, he said.

"Coach Richt just makes you feel real good when you talk to him," Harmon gushed about the Georgia head coach.

Harmon also has expectations for himself.

"When I get to college I am going to show people what to expect from me," the 330-pounder said. "I am going to let them know what I am really about. I understand that it's going by a lot more difficult than high school. There are going to be a lot of grown men, but I have to make it. I am not going to try to show somebody up, but I am going to make a name for myself."

He did just that earlier this spring when he ran a 4.75 shuttle in the Kennedy/CES Combine in Duluth.

While at Georgia, Harmon took in the Bulldogs' first scrimmage of the year – and he liked what he saw.

"Today's scrimmage was real nasty and competitive. The way I like it – with little fights and stuff like that. That's the way I like it – competitive," he said with a chuckle.

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