Grady Harmon: Will kick or punt

One of the most decorated kickers in the region (accolades include Reebock Preseason All-American recognition, AP All State honors and a 2-time First Team All-Wesco selection), caught up with Grady Harmon to talk about his commitment to the Idaho program.

Grady Harmon offers a number of options to the Vandal football team, options that could possibly be utilized as early as this coming season. He earned Reebock Preseason All-American honors as a punter, making him an early possibility there. He has a strong leg, and could be a kick-off specialist early in his career (First Team AP All State kicker as a junior, 2-time All Wesco place-kicker selection). With 1st Team All-WAC place-kicker Mike Barrow coming back for his senior season, along with redshirt freshman walkon Luke Hardwick, Idaho should be seeing some solid depth forming in the kicking ranks, especially with a prospect of Grady's caliber (excellent precision, accuracy, and mechanics for a young kicker). – We're calling to confirm your "commit" to Idaho. Is that true?

HARMON – That is true. – What was the driving force behind your commitment?

HARMON – How close they are to my house, because I'm really close to my family and I want mom to be able to come see my games. That's why I didn't go to Air Force (offer). I wanted to be able to go home. And also, decisions in majors. I want to do criminal justice, and plus I'm in army ROTC. – Besides Air Force, were you looking at other schools?

HARMON - Not really, but I had calls from Eastern and Southern Oregon. – How did Idaho get you on their radar?

HARMON – Well, they called me up and I went to a tryout, kinda like a camp training type thing, and afterwards they came by and offered me a scholarship. – So you've been to the University of Idaho?

HARMON – Yes. – How was it?

HARMON - It was good. I like the campus. I like all the majors they have to offer. I like the area, plus all my friends are going to Wazzu and Idaho. It kind of just fits. – You played other positions in high school. Did they just recruit you strictly as a kicker?

HARMON – Yeah, I played wide receiver, running back, and outside linebacker, but I only kicked when I was over there. – When is your official visit?

HARMON - It's actually this next weekend, but I've been over there three times. I have friends over there that are already on the team. Luke Hardwick is also a kicker on the team. He was my kicking partner at camp. – Will you redshirt?

HARMON - It depends on how well prepared I am for next year. As it looks right now, I'll probably know next year. They're returning a kicker, Mike Barrow. They're looking at me as more of a punter / kick-off guy.

2005 Ranked 5th Nationally by
2005 Everett Herald All-Area Place Kicker
2005 Western Conference 1st Team PK
2005 SI/Reebok Preseason All-America Team
2005 Seattle Times Pre-Season All-State Team
2005 Prokicker NW Distance holder @ 56 yards
2004 AP All-State PK
2004 Western Conference 1st Team PK & P
2004 Seattle Times All-Area PK
2004 Everett Herald All Area PK & P
2004 Washington Preps 2nd Team All-State PK, Honorable Mention P
2004 (Ray Guy) Listed in Talent Search Top 50
2004 Professional Kicking Services, Jr. All-American (
2004 Kickit NW Kick Competition: Accuracy champion, Distance co-champion (

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