UNC commit talks Tide offer

The mystery and allure of an athlete forced to play high school quarterback always sparks the imagination of colleges and analysts trying to peg him into a college position, but college camps provide a platform for it. That's how UNC athlete commitment Ronnie Harrison earned his Alabama offer on Monday.

After Alabama visited him in person this spring, expressing interest as a potential safety prospect, Ronnie Harrison was intrigued.

The three-star Floridian, a North Carolina quarterback/athlete commitment, knew he would work out at The Crimson Tide's camp this month for a shot at an offer as a result. It began on Sunday, and he thought he'd "probably work out as a safety" for multiple days.

He did, and impressed from the initial day on.

"It's going good," Harrison said Sunday. "I had a good day. It was fun in action and they like my athleticism and the way I read the field at safety.

"Coach [Kirby] Smart was telling me that."

It was Lance Thompson who saw the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder this spring in person, so the impression he made on Smart was a new one for the defensive coordinator in person. It marinated overnight and the rising-senior solidified his status on Monday morning with an effort that led to a scholarship offer.

"It feels great!" Harrison said of the news. "Coach Smart told me after the morning practice. He said that I was really explosive out of my breaks and that I play man-to-man really well and that I learn fast."

With the success on Sunday, there was a feeling Monday could provide the big news.

"No, it didn't surprise me," he said. "I could tell he really liked me from the drills and 7-on-7, so I figured it (the offer) was coming. But when he told me I got happy."

Harrison remains committed to UNC despite the Crimson Tide offer, but it is one he is considering to the point that a return trip to Tuscaloosa has already been planned.

"I don't know," he said of the UA offer's impact. "I have to see how my mom and brother like it when we come back.

"We will in July, for just an unofficial visit."

Scout.com currently tabs Harrison as the nation's No. 29 safety prospect. He has been a Tar Heel pledge since last July.


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