Downingtown East (Exton, PA) star Drew Harris has yet to whittle down an impressive list of college suitors that includes Georgia, Florida State, Miami, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and more. The 6’2″, 205-pound running back doesn’t plan to commit this summer, but he does plan on making at least six unofficial visits prior to the start of his senior year. At this point, Blacksburg will be one of those stops.
“I’m going to start planning visits pretty soon,” Harris said. “I’m going to take it section by section. I’ll go to the Midwest, then the South and then the North. I’m going to make my decision sometime after this football season. Right now, I have 20 offers. I don’t have a top five or anything like that.”
What schools will be on the summer schedule?
“Georgia, Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech again, South Carolina again, Penn State, and probably Michigan and Notre Dame,” Harris answered.
He adds, “Those are the schools that fit me the best. They are schools that probably will wind up being in my favorites.”
As noted, South Carolina and Virginia Tech are schools the talented tailback has seen before. Harris visited Blacksburg approximately three months ago and came away with a positive report.
“I loved it,” Harris said of Virginia Tech, which has already secured one rising senior commitment out of Downingtown East in offensive guard Jack Willenbrock. “I got to meet Coach Beamer. He’s a genuine guy.”
A running back throughout his football career, Harris grew up following Minnesota Vikings superstar Adrian Peterson. He has size, quickness, and the speed to break the big play. Harris showed some of his ability as a freshman, rushing for 700 yards, but his breakout year came in 2009, when he rushed for 2,025 yards. He followed with a 1,900-yard junior season.
Harris has the talent, but he has also exhibited the work ethic necessary to become a big-time prospect.
“I’ve missed about a third of my childhood being in the weight room,” Harris said with a laugh.
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