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Oklahoma Sooners Football Recruiting: OU lands four-star DB Damond Harmon

The Virginia native may find a role in OU’s secondary earlier than expected.

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Blue-chip defensive back Damond Harmon signed his letter of intent with the Oklahoma Sooners on Wednesday. The four-star prospect could eventually land at safety or cornerback once he arrives on campus.

OU cornerbacks coach Roy Manning snagged Harmon’s signature amid competition from a gaggle of potential suitors in the Southeast. Harmon rated as the No. 8 player in the state of Virginia in the 247Sports Composite rankings for 2021 and 26th nationally among cornerbacks.

Harmon joins high school teammate Kelvin Gilliam in landing with OU on Wednesday.

How Harmon fits

OU’s desperate need for contributors at the safety positions suggests Harmon will get his start there. His size (6’1”, 178 pounds) could help make Harmon into a solid run supporter at strong safety or nickel. Under normal circumstances, he’d probably get a couple years in OU’s system to develop before seeing the field. Unfortunately, Harmon may not get that luxury.

If Alex Grinch is serious about filling out his cornerback slots with lanky cover men, on the other hand, Harmon’s length would seem to fit the bill.