Harley Relieved, Excited About Commitment

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Warren Central (Indianapolis, IN) defensive tackle Kris Harley was happy to get the recruiting process over with yesterday, when he verbally committed to Virginia Tech over offers from Oklahoma and Southern Cal and many others. For the 6-2, 265-pound junior, the decision wasn’t a hard one to make.

“Really, I wanted to get this all over with and I knew where I wanted to go. So, that was pretty much it,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to go to Virginia Tech. I was just trying to enjoy the ride, but it started to get on my nerves. I just wanted to end it.”

Harley first visited Blacksburg in the fall of 2008 for a football game. He returned last summer for the July camp and again this February for an unofficial visit. The talented defensive tackle seemed particularly impressed by the most recent experience, but he says Virginia Tech has been his favorite for a long time.

“It’s really just a gut feeling and it’s also that I fit in the defensive system,” Harley answered when asked why he felt Virginia Tech was the best fit for him. “I can see myself living there for four or five years.”

Harley informed his parents of his decision over the weekend.

“I came to them and said Virginia Tech is where I wanted to go,” Harley said. “They asked if I was sure. They just kept asking if I was sure. They wanted to make sure I had no doubts. Once I told them I had no doubts, they said ‘all right.’ They were cool with it.”

Virginia Tech’s coaches were certainly excited about the decision.

“I think they were in a staff meeting when I called,” Harley said. “They were all excited and yelling and stuff. Coach Wiles told me I made his day. Coach Beamer said I made his day, too, and he was happy to have me on board. Coach Foster said pretty much the same thing.”

A big-time prospect, Harley tallied over 80 tackles including 18 tackles for loss as a junior last season. He is also a good student who plans to major in Finance at Virginia Tech.