UNC Pursuing Ga. Lineman

North Carolina extended a scholarship offer to A.J. Harmon approximately a month ago, surprising nobody more than Harmon himself.

"It came out of the blue," said Harmon. "I'd never heard from the Tar Heels or even considered them. But now that they've offered, I feel really good about them now. I will look more into them after I see how everything goes."

The major attraction North Carolina delivers for Harmon, a 6-foot-4 305-pound lineman from Louisville (Ga.) Jefferson County, is visions of possibly playing alongside Marvin Austin.

"I thought about me playing with them with the number one defensive tackle from last year," said Harmon. "I thought about me and him playing side-by-side raising havoc."

After adding UNC to his stack of scholarship offers, Harmon opened up a strong communication line with John Blake.

"I call Coach John Blake every once and a while," said Harmon. "We text each other a lot, too."

According to Harmon, Blake is recruiting him to play defensive tackle. Harmon is also being looked at as an offensive tackle. He said he doesn't have a position preference.

As a junior, Harmon started both ways for Jefferson County. In the Warriors' 3-3-5 defense, Harmon stars as a space eating nose guard that forced 12 fumbles last fall. He also recovered seven fumbles and collected 60 tackles.

Though he has toyed with the idea of verbally committing this spring, Harmon will hold off until after his senior football season. Before pledging to any school, he wants his parents to be able to see the campuses and visit with the coaching staffs.

Transportation has been a problem for Harmon this spring. Therefore, he has only unofficially visited Florida and Georgia. He's hoping to squeeze in trips to Boston College, Clemson, LSU, UNC, and Tennessee.

Harmon said he plans to attend quite a few one-day camps this summer. While he hasn't developed a definitive list, he said he's anxious to get on the field and compete.

"It doesn't matter to me wherever I go, if there's 100 players there at my position, I'll battle every one of them," said Harmon.

Despite his commitment thoughts, Harmon is open to any interested school.

"All the doors are open right now," said Harmon. "Whoever is talking to me and who has a chance to offer me a good education, I'll listen."

In about two months, Harmon will start to evaluate the schools that have offered scholarships and begin the narrowing down process. Any schools that haven't offered by that point won't be considered.

"It's all about education and is it a program that's trying to build up, right now?" said Harmon. "I'll also look at how many players they are sending into the NFL."

In addition to UNC, Harmon holds offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina. He said he's also hearing a lot from Ohio State and Southern Cal.

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