Three-star Palmyra (N.J.) High wide receiver Kelvin Harmon recently named Rutgers as his top school. But that has not scared Syracuse away from pursuing the talented wideout. The Orange offered Harmon within the last week.
”It was coach Acosta,” Harmon said. “He told me to give him a shout and he told me on the phone after I called him. He was saying that he liked my film and asked for my transcript. That’s when he offered.
”He said he really liked my film and that I could be a difference maker at Syracuse.”
Despite having the Scarlet Knights at the top of his list, he plans to give Syracuse a serious look. In fact, he is already impressed by what he knows about the school, but is looking to learn more during a visit.
”I think it’s great because they’ve got a lot of receivers that have gone to the NFL,” Harmon said. “That definitely attracts my attention and I can’t wait to get to the campus and learn more about it. Learn more about the academic part of it.”
That visit could happen during Syracuse’s spring game, a weekend that already has over a dozen confirmed visitors and is likely to have many more. While he is on campus, he will be looking for specific things to see if Syracuse is the right fit.
”I’m going to be paying attention to the campus and the campus tour in general,” Harmon said. “Then when I get to the spring game, I’m going to be paying attention to the offense that they run. Then just how the coaches interact with the players.”
Harmon’s primary recruiter at Syracuse is assistant Bobby Acosta. The two have been in regular communication, and Harmon has a strong first impression of the Orange coach.
”I had been talking to him, but not heavy,” Harmon said. “But I’ve been talking to him every now and then. Maybe every other week. I want to get to know him more. I know him a little bit. Everybody says he’s a good recruiter so I can’t wait to get more on that level with him.”
Harmon does not know any of Syracuse’s 2015 signees from New Jersey, but does have an acquaintance already on the roster.
”Don’t they have Rodney Williams?” Harmon said. “I know him. I definitely have to get in touch with him about (Syracuse).”
Harmon is looking for a strong academic school with a family feel surrounding the football program.