NFL next for NC State’s Har­mon?

The Herald Sun - - Sports - BY JOE GIGLIO jgiglio@new­sob­server.com

N.C. State’s Kelvin Har­mon has made one de­fin­i­tive de­ci­sion about his fu­ture.

The ju­nior re­ceiver will go through the “Se­nior Day” cer­e­mony on Thurs­day night be­fore N.C. State’s home game with Wake For­est, coach Dave Do­eren said on Wed­nes­day. Thurs­day’s game did not end in time for this edi­tion. Go to new­sob­server.com for a full re­port.

Har­mon has not made a de­ci­sion about the NFL draft yet, Do­eren said, but the star re­ceiver wants to par­tic­i­pate in the ac­tiv­i­ties.

“He has not made any de­ci­sions but this is a mile­stone-type thing and he has a lot of a fam­ily com­ing, which for him is very rare,” Do­eren said.

Har­mon, who leads the ACC in re­ceiv­ing yards per game (103.9), is a pro­jected firstround pick. Do­eren said Har­mon will re­view the feed­back from the NFL af­ter the reg­u­lar sea­son and make a de­ci­sion with his father, Henry, and Do­eren.

“He has, by no means, made a de­ci­sion yet and won’t un­til he gets all of his in­for­ma­tion back,” Do­eren said. “I didn’t want any read­ing into that any more than it was.”

Har­mon leads the Wolf­pack with 50 catches for 831 yards. He be­came the school’s first 1,000-yard re­ceiver in 14 years last sea­son.

A big (6-3, 214 pounds), phys­i­cal re­ceiver, Har­mon has been nearly im­pos­si­ble to cover this sea­son with the no­table ex­cep­tion of the Clem­son loss.

Har­mon will go through the same eval­u­a­tion process with Do­eren that quar­ter­back Ryan Fin­ley and for­mer de­fen­sive end Bradley Chubb did be­fore they made their draft de­ci­sions af­ter their ju­nior years.

Both de­cided to re­turn to N.C. State for a fi­nal se­nior cam­paign. Chubb was the No. 5 pick in last April’s draft. Fin­ley is also pro­jected to be a firstround pick in this year’s draft.

And what if Har­mon does de­cide to re­turn for his se­nior year in 2019?

“He said if he does, that he’ll have two Se­nior Days but he doesn’t want to not have one, if that’s the di­rec­tion he ends up,” Do­eren said.

This isn’t the first time a no­table ju­nior has par­tic­i­pated in “Se­nior Day” for N.C. State. For­mer quar­ter­back Rus­sell Wil­son went through the cer­e­mony be­fore the fi­nal home game in 2010.

Wil­son was a fourthyear ju­nior and had al­ready grad­u­ated at that point. He ended up trans­fer­ring to Wis­con­sin for his fi­nal sea­son. Har­mon is in his third col­lege sea­son and has not fin­ished his de­gree.

Just to make the day a lit­tle more con­fus­ing, N.C. State has an­other home game af­ter the Wake game. The Wolf­pack will host East Carolina on Dec. 1 in a makeup game for the Sept. 15 game with West Vir­ginia which was can­celed be­cause of Hur­ri­cane Florence.

Do­eren said on Wed­nes­day since travel plans were made dur­ing the sum­mer for par­ents and fam­ily mem­bers to at­tend this game, the “Se­nior Day” ac­tiv­i­ties were kept as sched­uled.

ETHAN HY­MAN ehy­man@new­sob­server.com

N.C. State’s Kelvin Har­mon pulls in a touch­down re­cep­tion Satur­day as Flor­ida State’s Stan­ford Sa­muels III de­fends.

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