GREEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — La Salle 2021 cornerback Iesa Jarmon announced Wednesday he has verbally committed to the University of Cincinnati.
"I've built a great relationship with all the coaches there," Jarmon told WCPO. "Coach (Luke) Fickell, (assistant) coach (Marcus) Freeman - just everybody there. And on top of that my whole family basically went there. All my cousins. My mom (Kelly Yurko) went there - she is a professor right now (in the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music). I basically grew up on that campus. It's home for me."
Jarmon, a second-team all-Greater Catholic League South division player in 2019, had more than 40 tackles along with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries for the Division II state champion Lancers in 2019.
Jarmon, who is 6 foot 1 and 180 pounds, also had scholarship offers from Indiana, Northwestern, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Eastern Kentucky and many others. He also had opportunities at Yale, Princeton and Harvard. Jarmon, who has a 3.8 grade-point average, had 26 offers overall.
"He can stay close to home and be around his family," La Salle coach Pat McLaughlin told WCPO. "He can play multiple positions on defense and that versatility may help him get on the field sooner."
Jarmon, who is rated Ohio's No. 19 player overall in the 2021 class by 247 Sports, is the third La Salle player in the 2021 class to make a verbal college football commitment. La Salle junior defensive backs Devonta Smith and Jaylen Johnson are verbally committed to Ohio State.
Jarmon joins East Central offensive tackle Luke Collinsworth and Colerain defensive tackle Dontay Corleone as the other Cincinnati-area commits in the 2021 class for the Bearcats.
La Salle defeated Massillon 34-17 in the Division II state final Dec. 5 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.
La Salle will open the 2020 season at Lakota West in the second game of a home-and-home agreement that was agreed upon in September 2018.
"This season is definitely going to be special," Jarmon said.