Harris Reflects on Visits

After a long football season five-star guard Gary Harris made three recent visits with more on the way.

As one of the top football players in Indiana, Gary Harris put his basketball recruitment on hold to concentrate on the gridiron. Now that basketball season is upon him Harris is once again focused on hoops and that means the five-star guard is taking unofficial visits.

While many basketball prospects were hanging out at football games on Saturdays all throughout the fall, Harris was at home recovering from the previous night's football game. Recently however Harris has made up for lost time by visiting Illinois, Purdue, and Louisville.

"It is basketball season now," said Harris. "Football is out of the way so I am focused on basketball. I am just trying to get around and see what all of the schools look like and what they have to offer."

Harris has jumped head first back in to the basketball recruiting, but after hauling in 54 catches for 860 yards and 15 touchdowns, he did admit the football distraction was welcomed.

"It was nice," Harris said of taking a step back from basketball recruiting. "Football took me away from basketball a little bit. It felt good to get away from the game a little bit, but as soon as football season ended I was ready to get back to basketball again."

The first of the three recent visits for Harris was to Illinois. Illinois is one of the schools that has been recruiting him the longest, and he enjoyed his return trip to Champaign.

"They have been trying to get me during the football season for games, but I was never able to," said Harris. "This was the one weekend where I could really work it out and get up there so I really took advantage of it."

He continued about Illinois, "They have some nice talent there and I think they can do some good things in the Big Ten."

After visiting Illinois, Harris made the trek to Purdue. Purdue is where both of his parents went to college and where his mom is one of the all-time great players in the school's history. In fact if Harris had any doubts about how good his mom was, all he had to do was look into the rafters to see her name.

"It is pretty cool to see," said Harris of his mom's lasting legacy at the school. "She always says how good she was, and there is the proof of it. It was pretty cool to see that."

There was some question as to whether Purdue was actively recruiting Harris, but he says the Boilermakers are definitely looking to add him as a part of the 2012 recruiting class.

"As of lately they have been recruiting me very hard," explained Harris. "Jack Owens, Mike Jackson, and Coach (Matt) Painter have all been contacting me and trying to stay in touch. They want me to be a part of their program in 2012."

The most recent visit for Harris was to Louisville. It was actually the second visit for Harris to Louisville in as many weeks, and the visit gave him a chance to see the brand new Yum Center.

"Coach (Tim) Fuller has done a great job of recruiting me lately," said Harris. "He has been trying to get me down there for the longest time. It worked out the last weekend because I was going down there to see some family, and we took a look around campus. He didn't take us to the new arena at the time. He wanted us to see it in full effect with fans in there."

Harris came away quite impressed with the brand new facility, "It is a top of the line arena. It was real nice, brand new, and huge. It got real loud in there. I can see Louisville winning a lot of games there."

Even though he made three recent trips, Harris says the visit tour might yet be complete. "Nothing is set in stone right now, but I am trying to get a visit set up for this upcoming weekend. If everything works out I will be visiting Indiana."

Along with the four schools mentioned, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Butler, Xavier, and Vanderbilt have all offered and are firmly in the mix with Harris.

Even though it will be tough to cut his list down to a more manageable number, Harris is trying to put himself in a position to make that call.

"I am really starting to take a harder look at the schools recruiting me and the schools I am serious about," said Harris about narrowing his list. "I am just trying to get after it and make some tough decisions down the road."

Though he could narrow things down before too long, it looks to be a difficult battle going forward for any school hoping to land Harris' services.

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