Harmon commits to Georgia

Harmon commits to Georgia

A.J. Harmon may as well have been in Carnesville over the last year.

A.J. Harmon Profile

After all, Carnesville is about right in the middle of Clemson and Athens – and that's where Harmon has been all along – right in the middle of the Dawgs and Tigers seemingly his entire recruiting process. But there are no hedges or valleys in Carnesville – Harmon had to pick and school, and today, finnally, he went with Georgia.

It was a decision made in front of a national-television audience. Harmon announced he would go to Georgia at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio. It was the first time in his recruiting process where he has publically been committed to Georgia. He was previously committed to Clemson. Still, announcing at the Alamodome has been in Harmon's plans for some time - since his junior season, the Jefferson County star has wanted to pick his final school at the Texas event.

While Georgia has one of the most complete recruiting classes in recent memory, Harmon's commitment on Saturday was signifigant. It all but sews up Georgia's 2008 signing class – giving the Dawgs two important linemen (likely the top pair in the state) to cap off what could arguably be considered the top recruiting class in all of America. Riverdale's Cory Glenn let Mark Richt know earlier this year that he had picked the Dawgs, and Harmon's commitment means the Bulldogs got virtually every player they wanted in state.

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Harmon's commitment to the Dawgs continues an impressive in-state trend this year for Georgia. Of the top players in Georgia, only Norcross' Brice Butler (USC) is going somewhere other than Georgia – and that had as much to do with Georgia's stellar out-of-state recruiting of another A.J. – Summerville, SC's A.J. Green. No SEC school got a commitment from a top in-state player Georgia targeted. Last season the Bulldogs had to fight Georgia Tech for many in-state recruits. Tech is no where to be found with the top in-state recruits this season.

"Mark Richt is the man," Harmon said when asked one to give one reason he picked Georgia over Clemson. Harmon has indicated that his concern over Tommy Bowden's job security was a major factor in his decision.

Earlier in the year Harmon said he didn't know where Bowden would be in five years, but that "I know where Mark Richt is going to be." Bowden's job status has gone back and forth during his coaching career at Clemson, and this season was no different. That, as is painfully clear for Tiger fans, was one of the nails in the coffin.

As for Harmon, his goal is to play defensive tackle for the Dawgs – something that's not out of the question, he claims.

"Georgia told me that if I come in shape I will play defensive tackle – If I don't I'll be on the offensive line," Harmon said.

The senior played nearly every offensive snap for Jefferson County in the Warriors' first round 13-0 win over Early County. However, Harmon was used sparingly on defense, but his play was critical on a goal line stand in the third quarter. That play helped the Warriors to their first playoff win in eight years.

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