Finding A Home At Safety

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Once senior Courtney Greene graduates, a vacancy will remain in the Scarlet Knights secondary. Duron Harmon, a 2009 recruit, will attempt to replace the veteran free safety.

"Yeah, I'm going to try to do that," Harmon said, adding that he's aware that he has big shoes to fill.

Although many other D-I programs shared interest in Harmon's services, he ultimately chose Rutgers University.

"My relationship with all of the coaches at Rutgers made me feel like part of a family and the academics at Rutgers is top notch," he said. "I really need a great degree because football doesn't last forever and I need something to fall back on."

Harmon specifically admired Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano.

"Coach Schiano made me feel wanted," Harmon said. "The way he had a vision for me; the way he was talking to me; all the coaches made me feel very welcome and when that happens, you cannot go wrong."

Harmon has already attended several games at Rutgers Stadium, including last week's 35-17 win over Syracuse. The third straight victory improved the Knights record to 4-5, 3-2 in the Big East.

"I think Rutgers is going in the right direction," Harmon said. "I think it just got off to a slow start, but when they got everything kicking, they're one team to beat in the Big East this year."

Despite the early struggles by Rutgers, Harmon never second-guessed his decision.

"Not at all. You need to pick a school where if you couldn't play football, you would still go there and Rutgers is that school," he said. "They not having the best start did not make me have second thoughts at all. Academics are very important to me, but football is second. Academics are first."

At Caesar Rodney High School in Delaware, Harmon has rotated among running back, wide receiver and safety for the playoff-bound Riders. When asked to name his best position, Harmon voted for two.

"Between running back and safety- I'm not really sure because I love both of them," he said. "I think I play well at both of them so these are my two best positions."

Harmon said Rutgers offered scholarship at both spots and allowed him to make the decision, by which he's leaning towards safety.

In the meantime, Harmon builds up his relationship with other recruits from within his state, namely Justin Brown and twins Jamal and Jamil Merrill.

"Right now I'm working on Justin Brown, the two (Merrill) twins, because they're great players, trying to step up the recruits coming out of Delaware, trying to bring them (here) and make it a trend to go to Rutgers University," Harmon said.

Harmon has also communicated with Rutgers' future quarterback Tom Savage and prospect Ryan Logan, also members of the 2009 class.

"I talked to Tom Savage when I was up there," he said. "I'm just starting to get to know Savage. I talked to Ryan Logan too, met up with him at Rutgers, so I'm starting to get a feel for the commits so we can go in there and have a good relationship."

Ultimately, Harmon said proximity to home in Camden-Wyoming, Del. factored heavily in the opportunity to play for the Scarlet Knights.

"It was definitely one of the issues because my family seeing me play is a big part and I will always love when they watch me compete," he said. "It makes me feel a lot more comfortable on the field."


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