The passing game is going to play an awfully big part of the future of Syracuse Orange football, and Dino Babers and his staff have been going hard after wide receiver prospects to round out the 2016 recruiting class. In addition to names like Dez Fitzpatrick, Malik Harrison, and DeVaughn Cooper, we can now add Kelvin Harmon to that mix.
Harmon should be a name familiar to Syracuse fans who have been paying close attention to recruiting over the past year, as he was originally targeted by Scott Shafer and his staff last spring and summer. Harmon, a 6-foot-3, 195 pound receiver from New Jersey, committed to South Carolina on October 1 but decommitted from the Gamecocks on December 10.
Harmon was one of the very first players the new staff made it a point to follow on Twitter after coming to Syracuse, but until recently there didn’t seem to be much going on with his recruitment as it related to the Orange. However, things seem to have changed and suddenly the highly talented receiver (rated 3-stars by 247Sports and Scout, and 4-stars by Rivals) has genuine interest in Syracuse, and in particular the Dino Babers offense.
The Palmyra star has a number of offers, including having received an offer from Miami this morning. He’s also got offers from NC State, Boston College, Rutgers, North Carolina, and West Virginia, among others.
Harmon is physically ready to step in and contribute immediately at Syracuse, which is something he’s looking for as he narrows down his college choices and works toward his ultimate decision. He’s not a guy with elite, sub-4.4 speed, but he’s definitely fast enough to beat defenders at the next level with a 40 time that right now is around the mid-4.5 range. He’s also strong, and has good hands, meaning he’s going to be able step in from day one and be able to compete for tough catches against college corners. Last season, he had 66 catches for 1,111 yards and 17 touchdowns.
The key with Harmon will be getting him on campus, of course. Syracuse is playing from behind with the talented receiver, but the fact that the Orange can offer early playing time in a very receiver friendly offense, relatively close to home, has to work in SU’s favor. If he sets up an official visit to Syracuse, the Orange will be legitimately in the running for the highly talented Garden State prospect.