Midway High's Hunter Jarmon has quietly picked up 19 offers, including Washington State, Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Oregon State, Texas Tech, Missouri, SMU and several others.
He's narrowed that list down to WSU, Oregon State and Texas Tech and will take flight on Friday for his official visit to Washington State.
"I'm very excited to get there," Jarmon said. "I finally get to meet Coach Mike Leach in person and that's something I've been looking forward too. He was at Texas Tech before WSU and I've been a huge fan of his since I was a young child."
Jarmon exploded this season for 93 catches, 1,470 hashes and 11 TDs.
Jarmon's recruitment with Washington State began in early September and it's taken an interesting turn. Jarmon was being recruited by former Wazzu inside wide receivers coach Eric Morris, who recently left Pullman to join the Texas Tech coaching staff. With WSU and Texas Tech in his final three, does that give the Red Raiders an advantage over the Cougs to land his services?
"It does add to my interest in Texas Tech, but it doesn't take away any of my interest in Washington State," Jarmon said. "He (Morris) was a key factor for me considering Wazzu, but the fact that he left doesn't change anything. WSU, Texas Tech and Oregon State are all even for me."
JARMON'S INTEREST IN WSU is surrounded on his admiration for Leach and his offensive philosophy. Jarmon said several times throughout his interview with CF.C that he grew up a fan of Leach and his ability to help develop young receivers. It's something Jarmon said he hopes Leach could do for him if he decides to pull the trigger on going Crimson.
"We've talked a few times and he's told me about the program and the upgrades in the facilities," Jarmon said. "What I really like about WSU though is how much they throw the ball in Leach's offense. Receivers have great success in his system and I like how he has coached guys at my position to play at the next level."
The Cougars are recruiting Jarmon as both an inside and outside receiver. At 6-1, 185-pounds, Jarmon said he is very versatile and his quick hands and route running ability will allow him to play at either position in college. Jarmon was named an All-State Honorable Mention by the Associated Press at WR and was also named to the All-State First Team as a punter, after averaging 43 yards per kick this season.
"The Air Raid is similar to what I ran in high school," Jarmon said. "I could be a threat either inside or outside. I think I could come in and fit in right away in their offense. I'm very confident in my abilities and I know it can translate to the college level."
AS FOR THE competition, Jarmon took an official visit to Oregon State on Nov. 2 and will trip to Texas Tech on Jan. 18.
"I've always been a fan of Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury and I'm still talking with Coach Morris at Texas Tech," Jarmon said. "They were one of the first schools to recruit me and they've been loyal to me throughout the process. "With Oregon State, I enjoyed myself on my trip and I really liked their offensive coaching staff. It's a big family atmosphere and it was nice to see."
As for his trip to Pullman this weekend, Jarmon said there's a few other things he's looking forward to in addition to meeting with Leach and the rest of his staff.
"I'm looking forward to seeing the campus lifestyle and how the students interact," Jarmon said. "I want to get to know the players too and see if I could see myself living out there. I know it's in the middle of nowhere, but I've heard it's a community feel so I'd like to see that for myself.
"If I get a gut feeling and know what's best, I'll make my decision. As of right now, I'm planning on making my decision after my final visit to Texas Tech. I'll probably take 3-4 days after that trip to sit with my family and pray about it."
In addition to being a standout on the gridiron, Jarmon is also a very talented baseball player and could play both as a collegian. As a junior last season, Jarmon was named to the Texas 4A All-District 8 Team as an outfielder. Jarmon grew up playing baseball and has been on several different select traveling teams. He still has a passion for the diamond and said each school is open to him playing both sports. "Baseball has really helped me with my hand eye coordination," Jarmon said. "Any school I go to, they've told me I can play both. The coaches have told me it would be no problem and I can be a two sport athlete."
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