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Kris Harley ‘s recruiting card

Virginia Tech was one of the programs Warren Central (Indianapolis, IN) defensive tackle Kris Harley grew up following, so he was excited when he learned last Thursday that the Hokies were offering. He received the official letter from Tech on Monday.

“My coaches came to my house last Thursday. It was our defensive line coach, our head coach and [defensive coordinator Steve] Tutsie,” Harley said. “They came to my house and stood outside looking mad, like I had done something wrong. They asked what I did the night before. I said I was at home. I didn’t know what was going on. Then Coach Tutsie told me he got a call from the Tech coaches and that I was offered by Virginia Tech. I was like, ‘Oh God’. I was really happy.”

The 6-1, 265-pound junior, who now has two FBS offers (Iowa is the other), has been to Virginia Tech on several occasions, including for the July 11th camp this year and for a game last fall. He enjoyed both experiences.

“I really like Virginia Tech. I like the program. I like that it’s all about the defense there. I love that,” said Harley, who says he will likely take an unofficial visit to Tech with his parents this upcoming offseason. He believes fellow junior Kiaro Holts, who was also offered by Tech, will make the trip, too.

“As for a decision, I don’t know yet when that will happen,” he said.

Harley has visited Notre Dame (game), Ohio State (camp, game) and Virginia Tech (camp, game). The latter two stand out as favorites right now.

“It is way too early to tell if I have a clear favorite,” Harley said. “Virginia Tech is really high on my list. They are in my top two. It’s Ohio State and Virginia Tech.

“I’ve been into Virginia Tech for a long time. I just liked them for some reason growing up. My stepdad is really into Ohio State, so I started liking them, too.”

Besides the aforementioned programs, Alabama, Miami, Minnesota and other Big 10 programs are also expressing high interest in Harley, who is in his second season on Warren Central’s varsity squad. The junior has dominated this season and now draws double and triple teams from opposing offenses.

“Kris is one of the great high school football players in the state

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