Warren Central (Indianapolis, IN) senior defensive tackle Kris Harley does not plan to enroll early at Virginia Tech, meaning he will be able to defend the state title he won in the shotput last spring. The 6-2, 265-pound senior will not have the benefit of spring practice, but by the time preseason practice rolls around next year he hopes to be in serious competition for playing time.
“His goal is to come in and play as a true freshman,” Warren Central defensive coordinator Steve Tutsie said of Harley, a 4-star recruit who committed to Tech back in the spring. “Us using Virginia Tech’s system puts him ahead of other defensive linemen. The big thing will be physically. He will train like he is going to a combine. That’s how you have to train if you want to meet the physical demands of college football as a freshman. We had a long talk and he said he doesn’t want to red-shirt. Savvy-wise, he is ready. Physically, he’ll have to be ready.”
When Harley reaches the next level, Tutsie believes the sky is the limit.
“Coach Wiles will coach him up and make him better,” Tutsie said. “I don’t see Kris doing anything but getting better. Kris has upped his game every year he has played here. He has played all four defensive line positions here. He knows what all four cats do on the defensive line. I’ve never seen a defensive lineman with his motor and savvy.”
Without question, though, Harley’s focus is on Warren Central’s 2010 season. In what is no surprise, the opposition is throwing double and triple teams at the standout lineman, who is in his fourth year on the varsity level.
“Kris is playing unbelievable,” Tutsie said. “His stats aren’t that good because he is getting double and triple teamed, but he was Player of the Game last week. He totally dominated the middle.”
Tutsie added, “Kris has played every position on the defensive line this year because I can’t let the other guys isolate Kris. The opposition...
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