COLUMBIA, S.C. – Kelvin Harmon is a wide receiver from Palmyra High School in New Jersey, and he recently committed to the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Harmon is ranked as a 4-star, according to Rivals, and a 3-star according to the industry generated 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s 6-foot-3, 195 pounds and runs a 4.52 40, which has been verified via Nike SPARQ.
The 4-star wideout announced his decision on Twitter with a pretty sweet edit, which is something that’s becoming fairly common with recruits in 2015 and will continue to be trend:
— Kelvin #⃣9⃣ (@Wide_Receiver9) October 1, 2015
South Carolina’s 2016 recruiting class now features 16 commitments, and per the 247Sports Composite team rankings, the Gamecocks now boast a Top 30 class. Of course, that can and will change; but the thing that won’t chant is the fact that South Carolina picked up a major talent at wide receiver.
What exactly does Harmon bring to the table?
When watching his HUDL, the first thing that stands out is his blend of speed and size. He has long legs that allow him to cover a lot of ground with each step, but he also has quick feet and great length for a wideout. He’s a mismatch in the open field because of his speed and he uses that speed to beat a defense over the top, but Harmon can also be a tough runner after the catch. He has the ability to break tackles and a will to get into the end zone. Those are two things that are very hard to teach to a wide receiver. Usually, they’re just inherent qualities.
Harmon can be a true deep-threat for South Carolina because of his route-running, hands and speed, but also look for him to be a legitimate redzone option for the Gamecocks. He’s the type of receiver who you can fade it up to in the back of the end zone and know that there’s a good chance he’ll come down with the football. He has good leaping ability and his long arms help him high-point the football.
Overall, South Carolina is getting an offensive weapon who can be used in many ways.
Defenses will have to respect Harmon’s ability to go deep, but if they play soft coverage on him he has the footwork and run-after-the-catch prowess to pick up tough yards.