Checking In On Harris, Wright

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Two members of Virginia Tech’s 2012 class currently suit up for the Fork Union Military Academy (VA) postgraduate football program.  Both Drew Harris and Jerome Wright see action in the offensive backfield for John Shuman’s 2012 postgraduate squad, which is 3-2 heading into this Sunday’s match-up against St. Francis University.

Drew Harris on Signing Day 2012

Harris, who was one of the most coveted running backs in the class of 2012, saw a stellar Downingtown East (Exton, PA) career come to a premature end early last season.  After rushing for 617 yards and nine touchdowns, the 6’1″, 210-pound prospect missed the majority of his senior year with a knee injury.

“He’s pretty good,” Shuman said of Harris, who finished his high school career with 4,977 yards rushing and 36 touchdowns.  He rushed for 3,970 yards over the course of his sophomore and junior seasons.  “He’s an explosive guy.  I told he and his dad that we weren’t going to push it.  He gets about four to five carries a game.  He’s coming off a knee injury, and you can tell sometimes he is going a little gingerly.  You can tell he has got the talent.”

For a time, there was a question of where Harris would be this fall.  He ultimately ended up at Fork Union, and the plan is for him to stay half a year.

“There is some pressure,” Shuman said.  “He’s a half-year guy.  He has until December 14th to get it done.  We want to get it done.”

Harris needs to be productive in the classroom.  He also needs to raise his score on either the SAT or ACT.

“He has to get great grades and a good SAT score,” Shuman said.

“The effort is there on both sides.  We just have to put it to use.”

With Wright, there are no academic concerns.  The Highland Springs (Richmond, VA) product is already set for Virginia Tech.