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The NCAA Clearinghouse is a dark and desolate place. An old Victorian house, aloft on a cliff overlooking the valley below. Lightening flashes, just shy of midnight as an old antique clock hums at the bottom of a cold and damp stairwell. At least, this is how I envision the Clearinghouse in my mind. For the Hokies, getting some players through the NCAA Clearinghouse has been a house of horrors. Former 4 star Todd Nolen fell victim to it as did big time LB Deveon Simmons. Most players avoid this drama but those who are borderline academically often have to sweat it out until they hear the all clear.
For the last two weeks, Virginia Tech fans have been anxious to hear if former four star Drew Harris would be able to enroll this spring. Sadly, some paperwork was not completed correctly and the Hokies were unable to get the workhorse from Pennsylvania on campus in time for spring practice. Obviously, that's a bit of a blow to not only Drew but to the running backs as a whole. Harris has a lot talent so having him come in and compete with Trey Edmunds and J.C. Coleman this spring would have been beneficial. However, he'll have that opportunity when fall camp resumes this August.
Harris did inform Tech fans that he was still committed via this tweet earlier this afternoon.
For those who don't follow recruiting as closely as I do or others who follow this blog, I'm sure you're wondering how good this kid is. Here's his rankings pulled from his Hokiesports Signing Day profile:
Ranked as the No. 125 player in the country overall, the No. 9 running back in the country and the No. 3 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 22 running back in the country and the No. 11 prospect in Pennsylvania by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 5 player in the state of Pennsylvania by SuperPrep … Listed as the No. 247 overall player in the country and the No. 26 running back in the nation by Scout … Ranked as the No. 19 running back in the country, the No. 43 player in his region and the No. 13 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation … Ranked as the No. 147 overall prospect in the country and the No. 6 “Big Back” in the country by Tom Lemming on MaxPreps.
Hell, even I was high on him when he committed to us last year. Here's a snipit from my commitment article on him.
Harris is a bit of a throwback when you look at him on film. He’s not a burner by any stretch but he possess enough speed to run by most linebackers and safeties at the high school level. He has great vision and cutback ability although he runs behind a simplified blocking structure...Harris has great vision and I really can’t state that enough. He’s a natural and instinctive running back that will be a load to bring down after a few years in the Virginia Tech weight room. He’s not really a shifty guy but he does have good cut back ability and knows how to find a crease in the offensive line.
I think every Tech fan should be relieved that Harris is sticking with Virginia Tech. That will give Shane Beamer another big time option not only for 2013 but for 2014 and 2015. The downside is that it gives Harris less time to learn the system and less time for him to state why he should be the starter this fall. While that's bad news for Drew it will allow running backs coach Shane Beamer to take a long look at Trey Edmunds this spring. Edmunds was the most impressive player on the scout team last year and he may be primed to explode onto the scene in his redshirt freshman year.
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