Harmon Hopes To Impact

NC State is looking to build depth at the receiver position, and true freshman Kelvin Harmon is already turning heads with his play.

Kelvin Harmon was one of NC State's top recruits in the 2016 class.  The Palmyra (NJ) star totaled 165 catches for 2,764 yards and 36 touchdowns during his prep career, and he caught 66 passes for 1,111 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior.

That production led to him landing a plethora of scholarship offers, ranging from NC State, Rutgers, and South Carolina to Miami, Arizona State, and Miss. State.  

"He had a chance to go to a lot of different schools and really felt comfortable here," NC State head coach Dave Doeren said of Harmon on signing day.  "Like everybody he has to come down and earn it but he has great upside and has really developed physically."

With the Wolfpack looking to build depth at the receiver position, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Harmon is turning heads with his play.

"Kelvin is going to keep getting better and better as he gets more and more confident," said Doeren.  "He's a big guy that can run. We have to get him through the butterflies and all the things that happen as a freshman."

For Harmon, it's been about getting acclimated on and off the field at NC State.

"I'm definitely still getting a joy and it's starting to sink in," he said.  "Everybody has taken me in and is helping me to get acclimated to the program.  Coach McDonald and coach Doeren have encouraged me everyday, and players like Stephen Louis, Jalan [McClendon], [Ryan] Finley.... the quarterbacks have really helped me, and Nyheim Hines.

"It feels great to know that my work is getting noticed and I can help the team out."

What areas does Harmon believe he can improve?

"I need to keep working on my mental focus and learning the offense," he said.  "I need to be a dependable wide receiver.  I'll run whatever routes coach wants me to run."

Through fall camp, he has certainly impressed his head coach with his play.

"Kelvin Harmon is physically gifted, he's really put together," said Doeren.  "He's a very consistent guy. He hasn't hit the wall like you see some freshman do. He catches the ball effortlessly. He had a unreal, one-handed catch today. Landed out of bounds, but it was a phenomenal catch."

Harmon feels NC State has what it takes to surprise people this fall.

"I definitely have expectations," he said.  "Seeing how we're practicing, I think we can surprise a lot of people.  Each game is its own thing, and we'll take one game at a time, but we can accomplish a lot."

The next step for Harmon is to make it out of fall camp and run out of the tunnel in Carter-Finley Stadium on September 1st.  

"I'm looking forward to that a lot," he stated.  "There's a lot of tradition [with Carter-Finley].  What stands out is the crowd. Even when we have a lower team it's still filled, and it's always filled for a big team. I'm excited about it."

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