Cabrillo's Harmon hopes for big 2008 season

A player who has taken a circuitous route to playing college football is Cabrillo TE Matt Harmon (6-4, 250). He's got all the tools necessary to play D-1 ball, but as of yet he's been used sparingly in his football career. Read on to find out more about his story and what he hopes to accomplish this coming fall for the Seahawks...

"My story is probably different than a lot of other guys out there," Harmon told recently. "I didn't play football until I was a senior in high school and I actually had to forge my dad's signature on the consent form because all through junior high and high school, when the coaches would see me they would ask him to let me play and he kept saying 'no'.

"After I got on the team my senior year, I didn't get much playing time -- I was mainly playing on special teams -- so after I graduated I decided to become a fire fighter and I did that for a couple of years."

After graduating from the fire fighter academy, Harmon realized he missed the game of football, so he decided to head to Cabrillo to see what he could do.

"I just felt like I needed to keep trying to play," Harmon said. "I love the game so much and I thought I had a chance to have some fun playing again so Cabrillo was the best situation for me because of the location and the staff."

Harmon actually started his own business and says he's benefitted from some of the business courses he's taken, but his love of football is why he's playing JC football.

"I love football and have a blast out there hitting and competing," Harmon said. "Last year I only had one catch for nine yards, but they used me a lot as a blocker and that's where I've sorta made my name and now I'm hoping to have a big 2008 season and then I'll see what schools are interested in me."

At the Nor Cal Combine, Harmon was named to the All-Combine team as he posted a 4.9 forty time, a 4.64 pro-shuttle and he did 19 reps of 225 on the bench.

Harmon will be able to sign in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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