That's why Duron Harmon was at the Pittsburgh practice facility Monday. He flew in for an unofficial visit to talk with Panthers coach Dave Wannstedt, get a look at the facilities and tour the campus. His first impression was excellent.
"As of right now, this is crazy,'' Harmon said, as he looked around. "Everything here is top-notch. The facilities, everything around here, the fields, and just walking into the building ... it's all great. And it's a city atmosphere. That's where I want to be when I go to college.
"I also like it that they split the facility with the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team. That's very interesting. It would be great to meet some of those guys. When I was walking through the parking lot, there was a Hummer out there on some 26s (inch wheels). That was something.''
Along with Pitt, Harmon, a four-star athlete, has offers from Maryland, Rutgers, Stanford, Delaware, Temple, Connecticut and Iowa. He already has visited Temple, Rutgers and Maryland, among his offer schools, and also has taken a trip to Virginia with a stop in West Virginia for a one-day prospects camp June 29. This was Harmon's first visit to Pitt, but not the city.
"I came in for an AAU basketball tournament last year, but I didn't make it back again this year,'' Harmon said. "So, I wanted to come in (Monday). I talked to Coach Wannstedt before on the telephone and had a good conversation and Coach Bo, he's the one who's been recruiting me.
Coach Bo would be Pitt's new wide receivers coach Bryan Bossard, a Dover, Del. native who was a year behind Harmon's father in high school but just happened to be close friends with the player's uncle. The coach and Harmon have become tight as well, which gives the Panthers an inside track.
"Pitt's definitely right up there for me, with Coach Bo being like an uncle, and they really make me feel good with the way they're recruiting me,'' Harmon said. "They've been very good to me, and that's why I came here on a visit. I do know some things about Pitt.
"I know that Pitt's a team on the rise. They finished strong and beat West Virginia last year. I know that Larry Fitzgerald went here, but I'm trying to find out more about it. That's why I came on this visit. So, I'm looking forward to learning a lot more about Pitt in the future.''
Even though Pitt would happily accept Harmon's verbal commitment, that might not happen for a while.
"A lot of schools have shown an interest in me, and I'm finding out as much as I can about them,'' Harmon said. "So, that's where we're at right now, I'm gathering information, and I want to narrow things down to try to make a decision before my senior season.''
With the impression that Pitt made on Harmon and the close ties he has with the team, that might not be too difficult.
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