This season in the WPIAL is the first full season for Erie McDowell. Though they have been in a WPIAL conference for the last few seasons, this time they get a shot at making the WPIAL playoffs. So far, the Trojans are on track, and running back Greg Garmon is a big part of that.
Garmon has rushed for over 700 yards this season, with nine touchdowns on the ground. He also has three receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown on the season. On defense, there are situations where he blitzes off the edge, but his coaches will also play him at corner. On top of that, he's performed well under pressure. In a game against Seneca Valley three weeks ago, Garmon was informed prior to the game that members of the Penn State coaching staff were in attendance.
"It kind of put a lot of pressure on me," Garmon said. "I'm out there playing, and thinking about not making mistakes. There's a lot of pressure."
Garmon responded with 170 rushing yards on nine carries, including touchdown runs of 7, 69 and 45. Garmon then took an unofficial visit to Penn State, for the Temple game.
"It was packed," Garmon said. "They had a big cheering section. It was crazy down there. When I went down there, I met a lot of the coaches, as well as the running backs coach; everyone on the staff."
His first unofficial visit this season was to Pittsburgh, for the Pitt-New Hampshire game. He experienced the same thing at Pitt--just a better chance to meet the coaching staff. David Walker is not only his position coach, but his recruiting coach too.
"It was really good going down (to Pittsburgh)," Garmon said. "The coaches are really funny down there. At times when I'm there, they welcome me in. It's like I'm on the team, kind of. They are very welcoming."
All schools are recruiting Garmon as a running back. In addition to Pitt and Penn State, Garmon said he hears from Rutgers and North Carolina a lot. He has also received letters from Wisconsin, Nebraska and Iowa. Former McDowell standout A.J. Fenton is a redshirt freshman linebacker at Wisconsin.
"I know A.J. a little bit," Garmon said. "Every time he comes up (over the summer), he says (the Wisconsin coaches) are saying they want to meet me too."