Name: DYLAN HARMSTON
School: Menomonie High School – Menomonie, WI (Head Coach Joe Labuda)
Vitals: Linebacker (#44). 6’2″ – 210 lbs
Offers: SDSU, D2 schools, PWO to Northern Illinois
The Menomonie High School pipeline from the state of Wisconsin has again produced yet another football recruit for the UND Football program. This time it is 6′-2″ 210 pound linebacker Dylan Harmston, who was named 1st Team All-State inside linebacker by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association.
In high school, Harmston was a very athletic and instinctive inside linebacker for long-time Menomonie Head Coach Joe Labuda, who finished 2013 with a 9-4 record after losing in the 2nd round of the playoffs to Hortonville. The AP 2nd Team All-State Linebacker also carried the ball pretty successfully from the fullback spot and made a big impact on special teams. Although a bit wiry in his stature, Harmston really has a tendency towards being physical and appears to have a natural ability to diagnose the running game and use his hands and get off blocks to make plays; very instinctive by nature. He shows a very projectable frame to put muscle on and get bigger and stronger.
The former honorable mention all-conference wrestler is also the conference record holder in the triple jump, where he posted a 44 foot personal best as a junior. The defending Big Rivers Conference ‘Field Athlete of the Year’ will be fun to watch this spring as a senior in the field events.
Because of the talent he shows on film and the need for playmakers at the linebacker position, we feel Harmston could definitely be a candidate to have his redshirt pulled this fall. Of course, we cannot project how spring ball goes with the current roster and how fast Harmston matures physically and mentally from now until fall camp. However, if he makes his way up the depth chart and into the top 2 at his position, he could be a noticeable addition on special teams and also for Coach Schmidt’s defense next fall. We feel he will need to be in the 220 pound range if he wants to make that happen.