Bearcat Insider spoke to Chris's mother after his verbal pledge to the University of Cincinnati a couple weeks ago, and this weekend BCI caught up to Chris himself.
Any program can use a 6' 5"/265 pound lineman that runs a 4.9 forty-yard dash so there was no shortage of suitors for Chris Harrison's services. But Harrison's recruitment ended suddenly after Chris visited the Clifton campus a couple weeks ago. Obviously Chris was impressed with UC, "It just felt like it was where I needed to be. It's a big conference, and I think we can win in the next couple of years." After the Cincinnati weekend, Chris cancelled planned visits with Illinois, Toledo and Bowling Green.
When Bearcat football fans heard about Harrison's pledge, the immediate question was, "On which side of the ball will he play at UC?" We asked Chris that question and his initial reply was to the point. "Defense." After mentioning that he was selected as a 1st team all-state offensive lineman and the Bearcats needed help in that area, his answer became even more emphatic. "I'm PLAYING defense." Chris enjoys playing defense better than offense and feels he's a better defender than blocker. Plus, I realized by the tone of his voice that it was time to go to a new topic.
The Bearcats are also in contention for landing Barry Church's services, and Chris confirmed that he'd met Church on his recruiting visit and would like to have Barry as a roommate at UC.
Harrison considers his strength, quickness, hand moves and running to the ball as his strengths. He presently plays center for Liberty High School and is averaging about 10 points per game.