RAYNE – During his four-year prep career at Rayne High, Dannie Harmon played multiple positions on both sides of the football.
And although his preference is catching the football at the tight end position, the 6-foot-2, 240-pounder has no qualms about laying down big hits on the defensive side.
He will get a chance to do just that next year.
On Wednesday, Harmon inked a National Letter of Intent with Northwestern State University, where he will continue his football career at defensive end.
“I’ve played defensive end, linebacker and strong safety at Rayne so I’m familiar with what they want me to do at Northwestern,” said Harmon. “It’s not going to be a big change for me.”
Northwestern State defensive coordinator Chris Boone is intrigued with Harmon’s versatility and says the Rayne High standout should fit right into the Demon’s scheme.
“We think he’s a good fit at defensive end,” said Boone. “He’s a standup guy who can do a lot of stuff on the field. And he has a great family so he is a quality person coming into our program.”
Harmon, who was being courted by Nicholls State, Grambling State and Southern, weighed his options and didn’t make his final decision until a few days prior to National Signing Day.
That decision is one that Boone and new NSU head coach De’Vonn Lockett are very pleased with.
“He had some other opportunities and coach Lockett had to get in there and make an impact and explain the opportunity,” said Boone. “And we are very happy that Dannie bought into Northwestern State University and the Demon football program.”
Harmon’s lengthy talk with Lockett went a long way in giving the Demons the edge Wednesday despite the fact that the other three schools vying for his services wanted him to play tight end on offense.
“He told me what I had to do in order for me to be playing next year and get some playing time as a true freshman,” said Harmon. “As a true freshman, that’s a big step.
“Nicholls, Southern and Grambling all wanted me to play tight end, but it basically just boiled down to my visits and coach Lockett made me feel real comfortable.”
Harmon made the 2012 All-District and All-Acadia Parish team at tight end after hauling in 20 passes for 414 yards and four touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, he had one interception, one fumble recovery and scored two defensive touchdowns.
During his junior season, Harmon helped lead the Wolves to the Class 3A quarterfinals with 15 catches for 400 yards and five touchdowns.
Harmon is a four-year letterman in football and basketball. He has also lettered in track and baseball.
Dannie, who plans to major in business administration, is the son of Dannie Harmon Sr. and the late Cheryl Harmon.
Church Point’s Charles signs
with Arizona Western
CHURCH POINT – After a stellar prep career and countless All-District and All-State accolades, Church Point nose tackle Dexter Charles is taking his talents to the next level.
Charles signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Arizona Western College Matadors on Wednesday and will begin his football career in the fall in Yuma, Ariz.
During his senior season, Charles logged 22 solo tackles and 11 assists. He had two sacks and one forced fumble.
Arizona Western went 8-2 in 2012 and capped off the season with a 42-37 victory over New York’s Nassau Community College in the El Toro Bowl.