Hokies Score Big-Time RB Drew Harris

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Virginia Tech’s already impressive 2012 class running back haul has just gotten better. Downingtown East (Exton, PA) senior tailback Drew Harris , rated a 4-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, and Scout.com, verbally committed to the Hokies earlier this evening. He is Tech’s third running back commitment of the 2012 class, joining 4-star J.C. Coleman and 3-star Chris Mangus.

Downingtown East head coach Mike Matta, who now has two seniors bound for Virginia Tech, confirmed Harris’ decision.

“He did it [about two hours ago],” Matta said, referring to Harris’ pledge to the Tech coaches. Twenty-five high school seniors have now committed to the Hokies.

Coach Matta admits to being a bit surprised by the timing of Harris’ decision. He wasn’t, however, surprised by the choice.

“I knew Virginia Tech was in the mix along with three or four other schools,” Matta said. “I know Miami was one, but we don’t know where they are at with everything going on. I thought he was still considering about four or five schools. I didn’t know he was going to commit [tonight]. I think part of it was he wanted to get it over with.”

Virginia Tech “definitely is a team that fits Drew’s abilities,” Matta said. “I’m excited for Virginia Tech. I hope it works out for him. Virginia Tech is a great program.”

The 6’2″, 205-pound Harris is a bigger back compared to Coleman and Mangus. As a sophomore, he rushed for 2,025 yards. Harris totaled over 1,900 yards on the ground last season as a junior (see 2010 highlights here), and this season is off to a great start with nine or 10 touchdowns in four games (DEHS in 3-1).

“We’re averaging 40 points a game. We’re running the ball well,” Matta said. “Drew is doing great. He has added the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, which is something we haven’t done with him much in the past. The 10 passes he has caught so far