Virginia Tech men’s basketball earned a top commitment last Thursday. The football program has followed suit, picking up a commitment from a top high school junior earlier today. Warren Central (Indianapolis, IN) defensive tackle Kris Harley , a 6-2, 265-pound standout, is the second 2011 class prospect to verbally commit to the Hokies.
“He committed in my room this morning at 9:30. He’s a Hokie,” Warren Central defensive coordinator Steve Tutsie said.
“He had made the decision over the weekend. He prayed and talked to his parents about it. He was ready to get it over with. Virginia Tech was the first place Kris visited. Virginia Tech was the first to offer. So, it’s not accident that Virginia Tech is where he wanted to go.”
One of the top defensive tackle prospects in the country, Harley chose Virginia Tech over numerous other offers including Oklahoma and Southern Cal. He visited Oklahoma last week before deciding to commit to Virginia Tech, where has visited three times in total including a recent trip in late February, a summer camp last year and a football game in the fall of 2008.
Harley turned in a big-time junior season in 2009, helping Warren Central to a Class 5A state championship title.
“Kris has the best motor of any high school defensive lineman I’ve seen play or coached,” Tutsie said. “Kris may be a bit undersized, but Virginia Tech takes undersized defensive tackles and puts them in the NFL. There are things he needs to work on, without question, but the things that make Kris special are his smarts, his motor and an edge. He’s got that mean and nasty, which I think is a trademark of Virginia Tech’s players.”
Harley tied for the top spot in Warren Central’s Warrior Productivity Chart this past season, this first time a defensive lineman has done so. He finished the season with over 80 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 7 1/2 sacks and about 15 quarterback pressures despite facing consistent double and triple teams.
Harley joins South County (Lorton, VA) safety Ronny Vandyke as commitments in Tech’s 2011 class. Both prospects are top targets in the junior class. We hope to have more from Harley later today, so stay tuned.
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