Hard Work Pays Off for Harp

Thanks to a grueling training regimen, Dutchtown linebacker Cole Harp has added 35 pounds since last season.

Thanks to a grueling training regimen, Dutchtown linebacker Cole Harp has added 35 pounds since last season and the junior is ready to make an impact on the field this fall.  Last year, Harp (6-2, 210) cracked the starting lineup for the final four games of the season and he made the most of that opportunity, recording 31 tackles, two sacks, breaking up two passes, forcing one fumble and recovering one fumble.


"Coach told me in the third week of the season that I wasn't ready to play varsity," said Harp, who took that as a challenge.  "I worked harder.  I played good in the junior varsity games and surprised him.  I started my first game against Hahnville and did well, so I was able to secure the starting position.


"I've been training hard.  Football means a lot to me.  After we lost in the first-round of the playoffs, everybody was in the weight room the day after the game.  The guys that were dedicated kept with it over the months that followed."


Dutchtown finished the regular season 7-3 last year and entered the playoffs as the No. 6 seed before getting upset by No. 27 Comeaux.


"I put that in the past," Harp said.  "This is our money year.  That's what we call it.  The seniors on this team all grew up together and we're cool with each other.  We're ready to do some work.  We started practice this week and our whole offense is back.  Our defense will be solid too.  We're missing two defensive lineman (to graduation) and (safety) Eric Reid is leaving (for LSU).  We also lose a corner, but we're always good on defense at Dutchtown."


Harp is beginning to receive some attention from college recruiters, who are impressed with the fact that the junior has been working hard in the weight room.


"Arkansas State came to the school and their recruiter gave me his number.  I called them and my parents and I talked to the coach.  Louisiana-Monroe also came by the school.  Coach (Bryan) Applewhite (ULM recruiting coordinator) asked me some questions and said that he wanted to see me at their junior showcase, which is May 30 at St. Amant High School.  Louisiana Tech also came to the school and they want to see me at their camp too."

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