Created on Thursday, 09 May 2013 Written by AARON LaBATT
An enormously gifted athlete at Benjamin Logan, Beau Harmon always took on the biggest challenge he could find.
That won’t stop anytime soon.
Harmon, who excelled at both football and wrestling during his prep career, has decided to take on the Division I level as he recently accepted a walk-on spot with the University of Cincinnati football team.
“I’ve always been in love with football,” said Harmon. “I love wrestling too, but I felt football was the right thing to do in college. My wrestling skills helped me in football and I feel I can excel better at football.”
The Raider standout, who stands 6-3 and weighs 255 pounds, sent videos of his play to the University of Cincinnati and was eventually contacted by the Bearcat coaching staff.
“I’ve always wanted to play at the Division I level,” said Harmon. “That has always been my goal. I wanted to challenge myself and go for my goal. When I received that call from them, it was icing on the cake.
“I want to get in the best shape I can so I can try and earn a starting spot my sophomore year. I understand the players at the Division I level are ridiculously good there, but I hope with a lot of hard work and determination that I can get a starting spot.”
Harmon was a major force on the defensive line for the Raiders and earned first team all-Central Buckeye Conference honors this past fall.
“To my knowledge he will be the first player in school history to be on a Division I roster and that is a pretty great accomplishment in itself,” said Ben Logan head coach Carlton Cotner. “It will be a tremendous challenge for him, but obviously the coaches at UC see some things in him they like. To walk on at a Division I school takes a lot of mental toughness and Beau has that.”
Read the full story in Thursday's Examiner.