4-star WR Antonio Harmon picks Mississippi State over Ole Miss, Georgia, LSU, Texas on signing day

Tyler Horka
Mississippi Clarion Ledger

STARKVILLE – It's the players who wait until the week of national signing day that make it such a spectacle in the college football landscape. Antonio Harmon was one of those players. 

The four-star wide receiver out of Kosciusko High School announced his top five schools last week – Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Texas. This week Harmon made it official: he'll be one of Mike Leach's newest weapons in the air raid offense at Mississippi State. 

"I've been liking state since I was a freshman," Harmon told The Clarion Ledger. "Really, ever since I was little. I just kept talking to God, and he led me to state."

The Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen selection is rated as the No. 49 wide receiver in the country and the fifth-best player out of Mississippi according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. He marks the second top 50 wideout Leach and his staff secured in the current class joining fellow four-star recruit Theodore Knox. Knox signed with MSU Wednesday morning. 

Kosciusko High School wide receiver Antonio Harmon is a member of The Clarion Ledger  2020 Dandy Dozen.

Harmon is a bigger target than Knox. He stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 205 pounds, making him a nice complement on the outside to inside receivers such as Knox and current Mississippi State freshman Jaden Walley. 

Leach and his recruiters put obvious emphasis on signing players who will be difference-makers on offense. Two of Mississippi State's four four-star signees are wide receivers, and one of the others is quarterback Sawyer Robertson of Lubbock, Texas. 

Mississippi State's offense has struggled in its first season with Leach calling the shots, but the idea is as Leach gets more players he personally recruited on the field the offense will look more like the units that had great amounts of success at Texas Tech and Washington State. 

Harmon qualifies as one of the players who can make that happen. Harmon said he will not enroll early as he finishes his basketball and track and field careers at Kosciusko. 

"I don't have worry about making a hard decision anymore," Harmon said. "I know I made the right decision. Now I can just focus on the rest of my high school career."

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