2012 Intro: Jonathan Harden

Cretin-Derham Hall is known to put out its fair share of FBS prospects and this year is no different. Jonathan Harden has been a two-year starter for Cretin-Derham Hall and is drawing interest from a host of Big Ten schools. Goldensports.net was able to catch up with the stout defensive tackle and learn more about his recruitment.

Size: 6-foot, 300 pounds
Hometown: St. Paul, Minn.
School: Cretin-Derham Hall (5A)
Position: Defensive Tackle

Prep Career

Harden has been a starter for the Raiders since his sophomore season in 2009 when he racked up 34 tackles, two sacks and five tackles for loss.

In 2010 Harden improved upon those numbers making 68 tackles, two sacks and 15 tackles for loss.

Harden was named to the All-state First team, Kare 11 All-Metro team, Star Tribune First team and was Honorable Mention All-State by the Pioneer Press.


Harden holds no offers as of yet but there are sure to be many on their way. Many Big Ten teams have been in regular contact with the CDH star.

He recently attended the Iowa junior day and has been invited to the Minnesota junior day. Harden also expects to be invited to the Michigan State, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Penn State junior days.

When asked about what school he's been in contact with Harden said, "I had an unofficial visit to Wisconsin during one of their games and had a little conversation learned a bit about their school.

"Had an unofficial visit to Minnesota, that was pretty good and that's not too far away from home. I talk to Brad Salem from Michigan State about every two weeks."

Kendrik Brewster, Taylor Montero and Jonathan Harden have a very good relationship—when asked about possibly having an opportunity to play with his friends at the next level Harden said, "The closer we are together probably the better chance of going. We'd be very excited to be close together and be teammates together."

When asked about his favorite Harden said, "My top three teams would be Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. Then any Big Ten school."

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