June 6, 2007

Spring Spotlight: A.J. Harmon

UGASports.com will be on the road Monday through Friday throughout the month of May. We will be visiting school after school to see some of the top prospects in the country go through spring practice. We will run the Spring Spotlight feature daily into June showing exclusive practice video, up close photos, and notes from practice. The prospect featured today is Rivals100 OL A.J. Harmon.

Prospect: A.J. Harmon

High School: Jefferson County (Louisville, Ga.)

Class: 2008

Position: Offensive Line / Defensive Line

Vitals: 6-5, 323-pounds

Offers: Auburn, Clemson, Florida, FSU, Georgia, Tennessee and others.

Favorites: Clemson and Georgia are his top two.

The Skinny in Recruiting: Harmon is from Georgia and he has a lot of Bulldog fans around him, but Clemson has really made an impression on him. Other programs are involved like Florida, Tennessee and FSU, but it appears Harmon will be a Bulldog or Tiger come February 2008. Both schools are recruiting him hard and doing everything they can to get him, but this one is not expected to end anytime soon. This could be a war until signing day.

UGASports.com traveled over to Jefferson County to watch Harmon go through spring practice recently and he did not disappoint. He would like an opportunity to play DL in college, but he spent all his time on the OL at the practice we attended. He has the size and skill to be a dominant OL on the next level.

Spring Practice Observations: The first thing that jumped out when we saw Harmon was his size. He is a monster out there without the pads on, but once the pads go on he is just plain out intimidating. He stands over 6-foot-5 inches tall now and moves quite well. His quickness and footwork have improved over the past year and he has really emerged as a leader as well. He is usually a pretty quiet young man, but he was really pushing and encouraging his teammates on the practice field.

Harmon would love to play defensive tackle on the next level, but he looks like a prototypical offensive lineman that has a good shot at the NFL if he continues to progress throughout college. He is very strong, he moves quite well and he has a load of potential. The little things still need to tweaked like hand placement, staying low and not being too aggressive.

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