Former Harvard High School coach Jeff Ashby knew he had found a gem in Bart Harm.
"He has started for me ever since he was a freshman in high school," Ashby said. "I knew when he was a freshman he was going to be something pretty special, because I've never started a freshman before in my 16 years that I've coached. I knew he was going to have something here when he got to be a senior and go on and be able to play college football."
Harm was in Ames Monday for the first day of Iowa State's padded camp. It will be a short stay for Harm. Ashby and Harm left Harvard, Neb. at 3:30 this morning to make the trek to Ames, the duo headed back home following the completion of Monday's afternoon session.
The 6-foot-1, 220 pound inside linebacker also plays defensive end and has been raising eyes around Nebraska for years. Harm has been an all-district selection since his freshman year; while his junior year he was an all-state offensive and defensive line selection.
Last season while playing for Harvard, Harm racked up 109 tackles, 18.5 sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. One game he had 10 catches for 260 yards and five touchdowns. Harm finished the season with 22 catches for 434 yards and six touchdowns.
After a solid career at Harvard, Harm will be transferring to Aurora High School for his senior season. He doesn't have any offers, just interest from the likes of Iowa State, Nebraska, Kansas, Michigan and Colorado. He'll travel to Nebraska's camp later this week and head to Michigan for their camp next Monday.
Harm said it was just good to be on the field again after completing Monday's morning session.
"The best part has been working with these talented kids," Harm said. "Putting the pads on and going one-on-one with running backs and just playing football."
So far Ashby said Harm has been impressed with Iowa State.
"He's really excited I know talking to him about the school, he came here for junior day," Ashby said. "He likes Coach Mike Grant and Coach Dan McCarney. He thinks a lot of Iowa State right now, I know that."
Harm's interest in Iowa State grew with their bowl win, but before that came another impressive victory.
"Watching the way they beat up Nebraska last year, that was a lot of fun," he said. "I'm a Nebraska fan but I always look at other [schools] better if they beat Nebraska, they set the standard."