Dipping Into Delaware

Every year major college coaches dip into the state of Delaware, but normally it's for a big offensive or defensive lineman. Caesar Rodney High athlete Duron Harmon could buck that trend next year. The 6-foot-1, 193-pound 2009 recruit is getting mail from a lot of top-notch programs.

"The problem is he plays in a small state here in Delaware, so it's hard for him and other skill players to garner attention," Harmon's head coach Mike Schonewolf said. "If you look at the history, some guys have come out of this state and played on the national level. We've had a couple, but they're usually big guys. If you look at Delaware, you don't see a lot of skill players come out of the state."

Duron Harmon is on track to be one of the few.

Notre Dame, Boston College, Maryland, Virginia, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Rutgers, Connecticut, and Delaware are a few of the schools Harmon listed, that are sending him mail and showing interest.

"I can't think of all of them off the top of my head," Harmon said. "Connecticut is the closest to offering. They have my tape already."

Notre Dame is one of the schools trying to get their hands on that tape. Harmon said it's in the mail and should be there soon.

"I talk to coach (Ron) Powlus all the time through email," Harmon said, also reporting a 92 percent grade average. "I contact him a lot through email. We just talk about how he wants to see film on me and how he has heard good things about me. He said he is going to take a trip to my school. We're trying to get something set up so they can evaluate my playing ability."

Caesar Rodney went 6-5 this past fall and lost its first game in the state playoffs. Harmon carried the ball 100 times for 752 yards, had 15 receptions for another 275 yards, and found the end zone 12 times. Defensively, the safety had 77 tackles, three interceptions, 10 pass breakups, five tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Harmon said he ran a 4.52 40-yard dash before his junior season kicked off, and bench presses 295 pounds.

"He's growing into himself a little bit," Schonewolf said. "He had productive play for us on both sides of the ball. He's athletic, so he has upside. He has good athletic ability, catches the ball well, and has good speed."

"Colleges really like me all around," Harmon said. "I'm a versatile player. I can play any position, running back, receiver, safety, and that's what my film shows."

Harmon took an unofficial visit to Connecticut during the season, checking out the campus and seeing them host South Florida.

"They had real nice facilities," Harmon said. "The coaches were cool. They were laid back. That's the type of coaches I like, and I thought the visit went real well."

Harmon said he was supposed to come to South Bend for the Notre Dame-Navy game late in the year, but something came up.

"I'm real interested in the school, and I'm definitely ready to hear what they have to offer," Harmon said. "For one, their tradition and the great players that have come from there."

Harmon is hoping to be one of the few great skill players to come out of Delaware.

"I work hard 24-7, and it's starting to pay off," Harmon said. He is planning on attending the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio, Texas, in early January.


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