Fork Union Recruiting Notes

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Drew Harris was one of Virginia Tech’s most highly rated recruits in the class of 2012.  The 6’1″, 210-pound running back, a product of Downingtown East High School (Exton, PA), failed to qualify out of high school and therefore had to attend prep school.   He decided on Fork Union Military Academy (VA), and right now the hope is to enroll at Tech in January 2013.

Drew Harris signing a letter of intent with the Hokies on Signing Day 2012

FUMA postgraduate head coach John Shuman provided the latest on Harris’ admission status with Virginia Tech, saying:  “We have compliance working on it.  We have Virginia Tech compliance working on it.  We have final exams [today], and next week we should have all the information in.”

If he gains admission, Harris will enroll at Tech next month and be eligible to participate in spring practice.  If he does not gain admission, the situation becomes much less clear, as the former Downingtown East star does not plan on returning to FUMA for a second semester.

“He leaves this week and that’s it,” said Shuman, who added that they have some “alternate plans” available for Harris should he not make it to Tech next month.

According to Shuman, one of the “alternate” plans includes junior college.  If Harris has to go that route, would he remain firm in his commitment to the Hokies?

“I don’t know,” Shuman admitted.  “We’re just grinding, hoping for the best.  We want to give him every chance possible to get [to Virginia Tech].  If he has to go another route like junior college, then it’s on him to decide what he wants to do.”

Harris, the no. 9 running back in the nation in the class of 2012 according to, rushed for 4,977 yards and 36 touchdowns in four seasons on the DEHS varsity squad.  He had 617 yards rushing and nine scores in his senior season before a knee injury sidelined him for most of the