By: Jake Perper (Preps Sports Scouting)
CASHION, Okla. – It doesn’t matter what level of football you play or watch, the fact is that Cashion quarterback Matt Harman can flat out ball. The rising senior, who doubles as an outside linebacker for the Class A Wildcats has combined for a whopping 143 touchdowns in three seasons.
The 6’2″, 207-pounder plays in a high-tempo offense that goes to the air often hence his 9,701 career passing yards and 68.2 completion percentage. Last season was Harman’s finest as he totaled 66 touchdowns. Yea that isn’t a typo. He had 54 passing touchdowns, 12 rushing touchdowns and a combined 4,093 yards.
Although Harman hasn’t received his first offer yet, he has interest from Central Oklahoma, Wyoming, Tulsa, Swausu, Southwestern Oklahoma State and Northwestern Oklahoma State. He says people knocking him for playing in Class A bothers him a little bit.
“Last time I checked we play the same game, the same amount of people, the same ball,” Harman said. “I would like for people to not look over me and for them to give me a chance.”
I have a feeling he’ll be getting that chance very shortly as his final season approaches. Harman is as seasoned as they come helping Cashion reach two straight championships and a region final the year prior. The Wildcats are 36-7 with him under center.
He says the long seasons and state trips have helped grow a lot.
“They’re bittersweet, but I feel like I’d rather go there. Not many people can say they’ve been to the state championship twice. I’m glad I’ve been there twice. I’d rather be there then not go there at all. It’s given me perspective on the big picture. Hopefully, the third time is a charm this year.”
From the first practice at Cashion, Harman has been under center. At that same time, he’s trained with DeBartolo Sports lead quarterback instructor Joe Dickinson.
“He [Dickinson] is great. He tells you how it is. He tells you the truth and what you need to be working on. That’s what I like. He knows so much about the game it is unreal. I learn something new every time I throw or watch film with him. It’s a blessing to have a coach like him.”
Harman says training with Coach Dickinson has helped with more than just football.
“I’ve grown a lot, becoming a man I think. He teaches you everything. It’s awesome.”
Dickinson says Harman is a kid who plays the quarterback position with a linebacker mentality.
“He’s a tough quarterback who has started since his freshman season and has gotten his team to the state finals and semifinals every year,” Dickinson told me. “He’s a no brainier at quarterback in college to me. Forget that he is a Class A player, he trains like the players at the highest classification.”
At age 7 he began playing football as a running back and linebacker. He says he gained the confidence in his game during his sophomore season (46 touchdowns and 3,723 total yards).
“As a sophomore, I kind of realized how to get into the swing of things. I let loose and had some fun with it.”
Every 11 percent of his pass attempts go for touchdowns while just .03 percent have been interceptions (32 total in three seasons).
Harman says his biggest strengths are his accuracy and ability to extend the play with his legs. He wants to continue to get faster.
Baseball has been as big of an influence on his life as football. He’s played both of them basically his whole life. As a catcher, he says it helps keep his legs in shape and his arm active.
Playing under highly successful 11th-year head coach Lynn Shackelford is something that Harman calls awesome. He says that Shackelford is there for the team in regards to any question they have.
Going out on top in his final prep season, Harman says that would mean the world to him and it is something that has been a dream forever.
His ultimate goal with the game of football on and off the field is to learn from it.
“In the big picture of life, it’s just a game but I love it to death. I wish I could play until my days are up.”
Harman’s biggest role models are his father and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
“My father is always right. He always keeps me down the good path.
..I just love watching Drew Brees. Anytime he’s playing I flip it on and watch the Saints. I think he’s a great guy.”
Harman may not have an offer yet to play at the next level, but like I said he’ll earn them soon enough. The kid is very humble and highly skilled.
With some of the best coaches around him, Harman is in for a huge senior season. To top his 2015 campaign would be tough at first glance, but if anyone can do it, Harman can.
Favorite players to watch – Brian Urlacher, Tony Romo, Adrian Peterson
Playlist before games – AC/DC, Fall Out Boy, Eminem, most Country music
Favorite movies – Star Wars
Favorite TV shows – Friends, SportsCenter
Fun fact about you that nobody knows – “I didn’t start playing quarterback until before my freshman year.”
Nickname from teammates or friends – “Matty Ice”, “Frank the Tank”
Game film: Harman’s Hudl tape