Highland Springs DB Damond Harmon (Photo courtesy of Greg Whitted/Capturing Reality)
Highland Springs DB Damond Harmon gives us insight on his decision making process
by Byron Jones, recruit804
Over the weekend, Highland Springs defensive back Damond Harmon (2021 DB 6-1 178) announced his five finalists. We published his story yesterday, but wanted to take a deeper dive into his decision. I had the opportunity to speak with Harmon on the phone yesterday afternoon after the story was published. Harmon and I discussed his top five and how he arrived at his decision.
When asked what separated Penn State, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Oklahoma from the rest of the pack, Harmon explained that an opportunity to play right away is what ultimately led him to select these five programs.
“I want to play right away as a true freshman, I don’t want to redshirt. I want the opportunity to compete for a starting position and if I don’t start, I want to at least be in the position to see the field and get some snaps.”
He continued, “My final five schools have all been transparent with me throughout the recruiting process and they haven’t played any games. I know where I stand with these schools. I believe I have the best opportunity to achieve my goals both on and off the field at these programs.”
Below, Harmon breaks down each school individually.
Recruiting Coach: Ja’Juan Seider (Run Game Cord./ Running Backs)
Harmon on PSU: “I love Coach Seider. He always keeps it real. Same with the coaching staff as a whole. They all look out for their players and recruits. They tell you what you need to do to get better as a person and a player. Penn State has a great family atmosphere and I really trust them.”
Recruiting Coach: Charlton Warren (Assistant Football Coach- Defensive Backs)
Harmon on Georgia: “Coach Warren and I talk about any and everything. It’s not just about football with him. He’s kind of like a life coach, and that is something I need, especially while I’m in college. I’ve built a strong relationship with him.”
Recruiting Coach: Kyle Krantz (Assistant Football Coach- Special Teams Cord.)
Harmon on South Carolina: “I visited campus when they played Clemson last fall and loved the atmosphere. Even though they loss, nobody was down on themselves. All of the coaches were there to pick their players up and support them. I talk to Coach Muschamp and Coach Krantz a lot. They’ve become like a second family to me.”
Recruiting Coach: Derrick Ansley (Defensive Cord./ Defensive Backs)
Harmon on Tennessee: “I’ve built really good relationship with Coach Ansley and the staff. They have a great class coming in for 2021. Coach Ansley has been realistic with me about my expectations and goals coming in as a freshman, and I greatly appreciate that. Tennessee is moving in the right direction as a program, and I’m excited about that.”
Recruiting Coaches: Alex Grinch (Defensive Cord./Safeties) Roy Manning (Cornerbacks) Shane Beamer (Assistant Head Coach- Offense/TE and H-Backs)
Harmon on Oklahoma: “I took a virtual visit with them a few weeks ago and it was amazing! They showed me where I would be living, my classrooms, their facilities, etc. I was very impressed with what they did for me. I’ve been in constant communication With Coach Grinch, Manning, and Beamer, since they offered me. Oklahoma is a long way from home, but distance isn’t a concern or factor in my final decision.”
Damond has not set a commitment date. He does intend to visit these programs in person. Like many recruits, Harmon is at the mercy of COVID-19. Recruit804 will keep you updated with any developments in his recruiting.
– Byron Jones