June 15, 2008

Harris likely to officially visit Arizona State

Arizona State benefited from recruiting coordinator Matt Lubick's extensive connections in Colorado in the last cycle with the signing of Jack Elway and Andrew Sampson.

The Sun Devils already have one 2009 commit from the state, Matthew Tucker, and hope to add more. One recruit with an ASU offer from the Rocky Mountain State is Jack Harris from Chaparral High in Parker.

The 6-foot-6.5, 275-pound offensive tackle already reportedly holds offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and Washington. Harris expects that some other programs could be close to offering as well.

"California is a school I have been definitely hearing a lot from that might be close to offering," Harris said. "I would say that Notre Dame, Kansas and Kansas State are also close."

Harris, an all-league left tackle who also plays for the Chaparral basketball team in the winter, credits his footwork and speed for catching the attention of college recruiters. He also strives to be a team leader.

"My goal is to be team captain but more to be a team leader in general," Harris said.

Chaparral began the summer training program this week and for now Harris is focusing on that instead of making the rounds on the summer camp circuit.

"We just ended two weeks of three hour a day full contact camp and then began our summer training," Harris said. "The team is looking real good for next year. Last year we had a new coach and now this year we are better used to his whole scheme and how he goes about things. Nothing is set for summer camps but I might visit Cal for their camp."

Harris, whose family is from South Carolina, plans to visit one school this summer and hopes to take advantage of a family trip to South Carolina to check out one of the schools recruiting him.

"If my family and I go to South Carolina I will head over to Nashville and check out Vanderbilt," Harris said. "I am also going to go down to Texas Tech in a couple of weeks here and check them out."

Despite earlier reports of favoring three schools, Harris maintained that he is still keeping his options open.

"I definitely am still wide open right now to all of the schools recruiting me," Harris said. "I know am going to take official visits to Colorado, Oregon and Arizona State. Those I know are (going to be) set -- after that I am still open."

Harris credits the Sun Devils' recent success along with the coaching staff as reasons why they stand out to him.

"I definitely like their style of play; they did a real good job in the Pac-10 last year. I also like their coach Dennis Erickson," Harris said. "I have been to Phoenix a couple of times but I have not been to ASU's campus. I have been talking to Coach Lubick and he wants me to come down for a visit this fall so that will be one of my official visits."

When Harris takes his visits he has a good idea of he will be looking for from the programs recruiting him.

"I want to see that the school has a good business program, which is what I want to major in. I am also going to check out the area around the campus to see what the city has to offer too," Harris said. "The coaching staff is going to be a part of my decision too. I am not as concerned with the style of play as much as how I feel about the coaches. It will come down to whatever program I feel is the best for me in the long run."

Harris plans on waiting until after the summer to set his official visit schedule and from there he said he will plan out a timetable for a decision.

"The way recruiting has gone so far I am probably going to take all of my official visits and then sit down and make a decision." Harris said. "I'll just give it time to make sure I make the right decision."

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