Never mind the 146 players surrounding him in the Huntingtown football program. Jamar Harrod feels lonely.
The senior wide receiver has plenty of company wherever he goes on campus, either in the hallways between classes or from the locker room out to the practice field.
But when it comes to discussing his college plans, Harrod can't find anyone who can relate to him. On most schools' varsities, the senior class takes up the majority of the roster. Among that class, there are usually more than a few with ambitions of playing college football.
However, this year at Huntingtown, Harrod is one of only eight seniors on the 50-man varsity roster -- and the only one really interested in being recruited. With his speed and hands, Coach Jerry Franks believes Harrod can play at the next level.
Searching for a college can be an intimidating process. Searching for a spot on a college football team is even tougher, especially when you are not heavily recruited, and at 5 feet 10, 175 pounds, your body does not distinguish itself.
Harrod would love to be able to talk to someone battling the same issues.
"But there's really no one else here in my situation," he said. "It's hard because you don't have anyone to explain it to you. You don't have anyone else to share [the experience] with you."
It's one thing to have supportive coaches, and Harrod certainly has that, especially with Franks, who has seen several of his players go on to college ball and coached there himself. But Franks doesn't have anyone else who is going through the process right now.
It's nice, Harrod said, to have someone who could understand it if a coach tells him, "Hey, sorry, but we're really not interested right now," or who is learning the ropes of the NCAA Clearinghouse.
It made Harrod question whether it was worth it.
"It's like, 'Should I pursue it, or should I just stop?' " he said. "There are times, like after practice or sitting in the classroom, where I get sidetracked and I think, 'How can I do this?' "
So Harrod wonders whether his young teammates are going to be competitive enough to make it through a winning season. He was initially skeptical.
"It's weird. You don't know any of the younger guys," Harrod said. "You kind of think that you're not going to do that well. But after you start practicing, you see that everyone can play."
And he got that assurance from Franks.
"I really think we have a chance to be competitive," Franks said. "I truly believe that. The only question is: Will the young people step up and make plays?"
Harrod is going to do his part.
"It's not what you would expect for your senior year," Harrod said, "but I'm going to work hard and make it happen."