After helping Paducah Tilghman (KY.) to a state championship last season, Paducah looks to be a favorite to repeat that honor again this year. One of the main reasons is J.D. Harmon. "I'm just an all-around player," said Harmon. "No matter where I'm at on the field, if it benefits the team, I'll do it," he said.
Indeed, Harmon fits into several roles for the Tornadoes. Harmon played wide receiver and strong safety last year. He also returned kicks. "I think I played good last year. I think I could have done better," he said. "But when plays needed to be made, I think I did pretty good," he continued.
But now he's moving to another spot on the field.
"I will be starting (at quarterback) this year," he said. "I think it will be a challenge. I played it before. Everything will come back to me. I practice every day, throwing and catching," he continued. And his practice habits and work ethic are already there, but Harmon wants to go harder.
"I want to improve on my work ethic. No matter how hard things may seem, I want to push myself to be even better," he continued.
Harmon is hearing from a handful of schools and plans to go to a few camps this summer to show his abilities and continue getting better as a player. "I have to go to camps at Xavier, Kentucky, Arkansas State and Western Kentucky," he said. "I will be going to Kentucky in a couple of weeks," he continued.
During these summer months, Harmon hopes to continue to improve his physical attributes for next season and thereafter. "I definitely want to get faster (4.59 forty), stronger and put myself in the best position to stand out," he said. "I want to be able to go and play somewhere good in football," he finished.
The 6-foot-2, 192-pound Harmon also runs track. He competes in the triple jump and the long jump. In the triple-jump he had a long of 44.6 feet and in the long –jump, he had a long of 22.5 feet.