Virginia Tech’s latest 2012 class commit, Downingtown East (Exton, PA) running back recruit Drew Harris , traveled to Blacksburg this past weekend for an official visit. The 6’2″, 205-pound senior, who considered 25 scholarship offers before committing to the Hokies, enjoyed what was his second ever experience at his future school.
“I feel good. I’m confident in my decision,” Harris said.
Spending time with the players was of course a significant piece of the official visit. Harris also took in Virginia Tech’s exciting win over Miami, a school the Pennsylvania star seriously considered.
“It was a great game but a little too close for me,” Harris said. “My host was [freshman wide receiver] Kevin Asante, and I met former players like DeAngelo Hall and Shayne Graham. That’s about it.”
Drew’s father, Drew Sr., reflected on his own experience in Blacksburg. The weekend included a good amount of time with primary recruiter Shane Beamer.
“It’s a good location. It’s very nice down there,” Harris Sr. said. “They are serious about education, first and foremost. A big thing for us is academics, so we were making sure everything was in place there. We were impressed. They do play good football, so that’s a bonus, but it’s a good fit education-wise. I’m happy he chose a good school. Coach Beamer – Shane – is Drew’s recruiting coach and running backs coach, and he made me and his mother feel comfortable.”
Harris committed to Virginia Tech on September 27, feeling confident in ending the recruiting process after speaking with those closest to him. The possibility of early playing time was not a big factor, but the relationship he had established with the coaching staff, Shane Beamer in particular, was significant.
“He has just been cool throughout the whole recruiting process. I really started to trust him,” Harris said of the first year Tech assistant.
After rushing for 2,000 as a sophomore and over 1,900 yards last season as a junior, Harris had 104 carries for 617 yards and nine scores through four games this season. The 4-star standout has sat out since with a left leg injury but hopes to return this season.
“I hope to be back pretty...
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