May 16, 2008

Harmon is Ready

It was a tough ordeal for both Georgia and A.J. Harmon between early December and the first week of January when Harmon surprised many by committing to Georgia over Clemson at the Army All-American game.

UGA was full early in December, but then a scholarship became available shortly after that, so then it was up to Harmon. After being a Clemson Tiger for roughly six months, he changed to UGA and he is ready to be a Dawg.

"It was hard telling Clemson no, but Georgia was right for me and my family," said Harmon. "I could not be happier now and I ready to get to Athens."

The mammoth lineman out of Wadley (GA) Jefferson County has not looked back since that Saturday afternoon in San Antonio on January 5 when he made the switch from Clemson to Georgia.

"After I talked with my parents about everything, I knew I needed to make the change. I had talked with the Georgia coaches, talked with my family, and I had to make the tough decision."

"It was nothing against Clemson, but I just decided to stay close to home and be a Bulldog. I have been working hard preparing for Athens since that day."

He was rated the second best offensive guard in the country on Rivals, but he had his mind set on defense. Georgia interior defensive line coach Rodney Garner let Harmon know what he needed to do when he signed if he wanted to start at defensive tackle when he moved to Athens.

"I have been working so hard and training every day," Harmon explained. "I have been running, running, and running. I have been lifting weights some too, but I feel I need to be in great condition, so I am running more than anything."

"Coach Garner first told me that I needed to be at 315-pounds when I got there if I wanted to work at defensive line. I started out at about 338-pounds and I am now down to 322-pounds, but it has been tough."

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