DeMatha LB On Tech’s Radar

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DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) linebacker Darien Harris boasts offers from East Carolina, Michigan State and Syracuse. The 6-1, 210-pound junior has been contacted in the Evaluation Period by a host of other programs, including Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Duke, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin. He plans to be patient in the recruiting process.

“I think I’ll probably wait to commit [during or after the 2010 season] now that I see more and more schools coming in and showing interest,” Harris said. “I can focus on the season without worrying about college.”

Harris has something to prove this upcoming season. Some coaches see him as a tweener prospect between safety and linebacker. He played linebacker last season as a junior and played well, racking up 72 tackles including 17 tackles for loss, seven sacks and one interception, but he’ll see action at safety this upcoming season.

“My whole highlight tape is of me at linebacker,” Harris said. “I’m going to switch to safety this year. I do want to show I have the hips and the speed to play safety. My dream position is safety, but I think a lot of coaches don’t really know if I can do it. I want to prove I can.”

Harris has taken trips to Boston College, Rutgers and Wake Forest. He has also visited Virginia Tech before. This summer, he wants to return to Blacksburg for another visit and wants to try to visit Boston College, Georgia Tech, Michigan and Michigan State.

If Tech were to offer, it might be a significant one. For now, though, there are no favorites.

“I’m definitely just weighing all my options, but Virginia Tech would definitely be up there,” said Harris, who is being pursued by Tech as a linebacker. “My dad played there, actually. His name is Alan Harris and he played safety there from 1981 to 85. It would be an in-house thing. I’m not getting any pressure from my dad, but I do like Virginia Tech.”

Primary recruiter Billy Hite stopped by DeMatha last week, Harris says.

“I’m definitely on their board,” he added.