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McDowell’s Greg Garmon commits to Iowa

Written by: on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012


The senior running back made his announcement last night at the US Semper Fi All-American game. Garmon chose Iowa over schools like Penn State, Michigan, Arkansas, Florida State and a host of other offers.

The 6-foot-2, 200 pounder rushed for 1,050 yards and nine touchdowns this season. He caught seven passes for 180 yards and three scores. His team finished with a record of 8-3.

His junior year he rushed for 1,225 yards and 11 touchdowns on 141 carries and caught seven passes for 147 yards and two scores.

In June, Garmon stood out at the Junior Rank Football camp in Philadelphia.

The All-American didn’t disappoint, winning the 2011’s Fastest Man award at the Philly camp. He ran a 4.4, 40-yard dash to win the contest.

But before he was an All-American, Garmon found out he might never play football again.

One of the most recruited players in Pennsylvania was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system while he was a seventh grade student at St. George School.

Garmon’s stepfather said, “We took him in to see the doctor because of a tooth ache. He kept complaining about his hip. So we asked the doctor to check it.”

That’s where the doctor discovered the cancer was in his hip and then moved into his stomach and chest. Garmon had to go for significant treatment.

But nearly five years after he was diagnosed, Garmon is doing more than surviving cancer. He has become one of the top recruits coming out of Pennsylvania. Garmon’s stepfather said, “He’s not only doing it on the field but in the class room too. He knows how important it is.”

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