Speedy Athlete Drawing More Interest

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Willie Harriott showed why he is one of the most explosive prospects in the Northeast during Hyde Leadership’s (CT) season opening game. Hyde won 26-19, thanks in large part to 3 touchdowns by their versatile athlete.

The 5-9, 178-pound prospect plays wide receiver, running back and cornerback in high school. He is being recruited as an athlete on the next level, with wide receiver and cornerback being the most talked-about positions.

“I rushed one time for 35 yards and a touchdown and I had 2 touchdowns receiving,” Harriott said. “I actually had 3 receiving but one was called back because of a penalty.”

Harriott has accumulated over 10 scholarship offers. This month, he has received calls from at least 9 schools he knows of, including a few that have not yet offered such as Tennessee, Clemson and Alabama.

“Clemson, Tennessee, Alabama, Maryland, Connecticut, Syracuse, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Virginia have called,” Harriott said. “I’ve talked to all of them except Virginia. They called but I missed it, so I haven’t talked to them.”

Right now, Harriott is still in the process of figuring out where he will take his official visits.

“You only get 5 visits and I haven’t decided on all of my visits,” Harriott said. “I’m still waiting to see if any other schools call or offer. I’m just taking it one day at a time. Plus I’m focusing on my season, which is really important.”

Only one school looks certain to receive an official visit.

“I know Virginia Tech will be one,” Harriott said. “They have a good history, but they are also up and coming so I could make a difference. I like the area [during the visit for this summer’s camp]. It’s not too far but it’s not too close.

“I’ll probably take one to UConn also. They are an up and coming program. A kid that I played with last year goes there now and sees a lot of playing time as a true freshman. I think I could play right away.”

Virginia is also in the mix for Harriott, who claims an official offer from the Cavaliers. He says Virginia “calls and writes a lot” but he has yet to speak to a coach this month. Virginia, like many other schools, is being considered for the final remaining official visit spots.

“All of the schools that have offered me are under heavy consideration,” Harriott said. “I don’t want to eliminate a school from consideration and then