October 28, 2011
Ohio QB interested in Michigan State
Quarterback Javon Harrison of Huber Heights Wayne High School in Ohio is finally getting some much deserved recognition. Playing behind Braxton Miller the last 2 seasons, Harrison has had to bide his time. This fall the 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior is getting his chance to shine and making the most of it. SpartanMag.com caught up with Wayne Head Coach Jay Minton and got the details on Harrison and his recruitment.
Coach Minton confirmed to SpartanMag.com that Harrison has been to 2 Michigan State games this fall. He also said that Harrison has been impressed with everything he has experienced in East Lansing.
"He loved the atmosphere up there at Michigan State. He loves the coaches, absolutely loves the coaches"
As most college football fans know, Braxton Miller was one of the top recruits in the nation last year and is now playing for Ohio State. SpartanMag.com asked Coach Minton how Harrison compares to the former 5-star quarterback recruit and what he needs to work on to become a high-level prospect.
"Javon plays quarterback for us and he is a darn good one," Coach Minton stated. "He played behind Braxton Miller last year. He is really doing a good job. He threw for 367-yards and rushed for 99 against Centerville. Javon is not the freak athlete that Braxton was, but when he takes off he can cover some ground. He has a nice arm and has great poise. He has the intangibles you look for in that position. He is working hard on his ball placement. Javon is completing around 55% of his passes at this point."
So far this year Harrison has thrown for a conference leading 1739-yards with 16 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Harrison is averaging close to 200-yards in the air per contest and has also rushed for over 500-yards and 8 touchdowns.
Wayne High School is 5-4 on the season and has played one of the toughest schedules in all of Ohio. One of their opponents this fall was Canton McKinley High School which is led by Spartan commitments, defensive end Se'Von Pittman and defensive back Jermaine Edmondson. McKinley defeated Wayne by a score of 32-21 in week 2.
In that game Harrison completed 24 of 51 passes for 319 yards and two touchdowns. However, both future Spartans made a big plays for the Bulldogs. Edmondsoni ntercepted a Harrison pass and took it 100-yards for a score and Pittman was a force on the line. Coach Minton talked about the future Spartan defensive end.
"He (Pittman) has that body type to die for. They moved him all around the line. He is going to be a force to be reckoned with."
Coach Minton went on to inform SpartanMag.com that Harrison is not the only player from his team that the Michigan State staff is taking a look at for the class of 2013. 6-foot-3, 290-pound offensive lineman Cole Newsome is also on the Spartan radar and is being evaluated.
"Cole had a great day against Pittman," Coach Minton said. "He has a lot of durability and dependability."
SpartanMag.com will be sure to continue to follow the recruitment of both Harrison as well as Newsome in the coming months. Coach Minton believes that Harrison has the tools to be a Division 1 quarterback recruit. If anyone would know what it takes to make it at the next level, it would be him. In addition to Braxton Miller, Coach Minton has coached a plethora of talented players that have gone on to do big things in college, including current Spartan defensive tackle Jerel Worthy.
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