Last Updated on March 7, 2023
Ohio State star wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. announced on Friday via Twitter a new name, image and likeness deal between himself and Monarc.
According to their website, Monarc is a sports robotics company changing how athletes train in football. One of Monarc’s most popular products is the Seeker, a robotic quarterback that has helped drive Harrison’s success as a pass catcher this season.
“The Seeker was a big part of my success last season,” Harrison said. “It allows me to put in work by myself (and) keeps me on the top of my game.”
“They finally have a way to get an All-Pro quarterback to throw them routes,” Monarc co-founder Bhargav Maganti said to Forbes. “They’re basically at home. They don’t have a way to get in these reps. The Seeker ended up being a really good fit for them.”
In a video released on Twitter, Harrison can be seen catching passes from the Seeker in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and at the Lincoln Tower Fields on West Campus. Ohio State’s director of player personnel Mark Pantoni took to Twitter to highlight the recent deal between Monarc and Harrison stating that the partnership is “match made in heaven.”
The Seeker rose in prominence during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when NFL tight ends did not have quarterbacks to throw them the ball during quarantine, including usage from San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle and New England Patriots tight end Hunter Henry. The Seeker allows receivers to catch 500 footballs per hour, which is a more efficient option than the JUGS machine.
So far, the Seeker has been a game-changer for receivers. Marvin Harrison Jr. has the numbers to back it up; he caught 77 passes for 1,236 yards and 14 touchdowns this season for the Ohio State football team, which were the most on the team.