The first look at the Arkansas State Red Wolves up close was just what Oklahoma offensive lineman Andre Harris Jr. wanted to see.
“I loved the place,’’ said Harris, who is a starting tackle for Putnam City North. “I liked the school, the facilities, the coaches. When they get the north end zone finish it will really be nice.”
The Red Wolves also like the 6-foot-4, 330-pound Harris, who defensive line coach Brian Early saw while working an Oklahoma State camp and present an offer.
“I like coach Early a lot. He was the one who offered me at Oklahoma State,’’ said Harris, who moved to Oklahoma from Wichita, Kan., before this sophomore season.
“I got to meet coach (Allen) Rudolph for the first time. I liked him. He’s pretty intense but he is a coach who I know I can play for.”
Harris also holds offers from Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State and New Mexico. He also has offers from South Dakota State, Howard and Texas Southern.
“One thing I liked about Arkansas State was they don’t just hope to win; they expect to win,’’ he said. “That was the attitude and I loved it.”
No other visits are planned.
“Arkansas State has set a pretty high standard,’’ he said.
Harris said he knew of Red Wolves quarterback Justice Hansen and running back Warren Wand. He’s had first-hand experience with linebacker Kyle Wilson.
“When I was a sophomore I was at Wichita North and Kyle played for South. Everyone knew him. He was a great player. My first play he blitzed and I had to block him. He lit me up. He was by far the best player there.”
Wilson went to Hutchinson College and transferred to Arkansas State in January.
Harris moved to Oklahoma that year.
“The difference between football in Oklahoma and Kansas was eye-opening,’’ he said. “Oklahoma was so much stronger.”
Harris said he plans to visit during the season but could commit before this high school season starts on Sept. 2. After that, he plays basketball where he is the post player and sometime point guard.
"I just do it to stay and shape and play with my friends,'' he said. "I usually play post and don't get to play point guard unless we are way ahead."