Virginia Tech will have at least two members of its 2012 class at Fork Union Military Academy this fall. Running back Drew Harris and wide receiver Thomas Smith are both expected stay only half a year, and assuming they do what is needed academically they will enroll at Virginia Tech in January of 2013.
“We should get those guys done. They are in pretty good shape (academically),” FUMA postgraduate head coach John Shuman said when asked if Harris and Smith are close to where they need to be to enroll at Tech in January.
The 6’1″, 220-pound Harris enjoyed an outstanding career at Downingtown East High School in Exton, Pennsylvania. There, he rushed for 4,977 yards and 36 touchdowns in his 4-year varsity career, including 3,970 yards over the course of his sophomore and junior seasons. A torn ACL sidelined the big back for most of his senior season.
“We have got three other capable big backs, so he’ll be sharing the load. We’ll get him used to sharing the load. We’re not trying to overwork [Harris],” Shuman said. “We’ll take our time. We’ll make sure he wears a knee brace. We’ll get him quality reps, and maybe teach him a few new things.”
Harris was highly recruited, spurning offers from Miami and Pitt, among others, to sign with the Hokies. Speaking of Miami…
“Harris is a little bit of a James Jackson type of guy,” Shuman said when asked if Harris reminded him of any running backs he has coached previously. Jackson played at FUMA before going on to a productive career at Miami and a short stint in the NFL.
“He’s thick. He explodes through the hole. He explodes through to the safety. He’ll be our in-between-the-tackle guy....
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