College Football Recruiting: Could Drew Harris go Somewhere Besides Virginia Tech?
Virginia Tech had a plan for the running back position in 2012; it consisted of a three-headed attack involving J.C. Coleman, Michael Holmes and Drew Harris. Michael Holmes was supposed to be the short term solution while J.C. Coleman and Drew Harris were the future. Coleman enrolled early in order to participate in spring practice, but things haven’t gone so smoothly with Harris. Drew Harris signed his national letter of intent, but he didn’t qualify academically. He will spend the next year at Fork Union Military Academy. That seems fine, the Hokies can wait a year for Harris, but it is possible he won’t ever come to Blacksburg. Harris will have to sign a new letter-of-intent next February, effectively opening up his recruitment to other schools.
The Hokies have the upper hand on other schools involving Harris at the moment, but will that last? ESPN had Drew Harris ranked as the 18th best running back in the class of 2012 and with highly touted recruits comes highly touted competition. Harris received offers from schools like Cincinnati, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Syracuse and West Virginia. Harris is a native of Pennsylvania so it is very possible that both Penn State and Pittsburgh could make a significant push on Harris.
Virginia Tech desperately needs Harris to come to Blacksburg. J.C. Coleman could become a star in college but he is tiny for his position (he is 5’6” and 170 lbs.), Harris would provide much needed size (6’1” and 220 lbs.) in the backfield. Harris also provides much needed depth to a backfield that has lost Darren Evans, Ryan Williams and David Wilson over the past two years.
Hokies everywhere are desperately hoping that Harris will sign again come next February. Harris is a big piece of Virginia Tech’s future plans, and while it still appears that he will be a future Hokie it is no longer a given.