Let me start by saying some who are so called experts don't have a clue in what the University of Cincinnati football program will be getting from Chris Harrison this fall. With a national ranking of 67 by Scout.com, one so called Ohio expert felt Harrison didn't even belong in the Top 100 of Ohio.
But while his list is so flawed, the talents Chris Harrison will bring to the campus of Clifton is not. At 6'5 265 lbs. Chris Harrison is well on his way to compete this fall when he reports to camp. With great athletic ability for a man of his size, Harrison may have ended his recruiting a tad too early as other programs looked to earn his signature on singing day. Harrison stayed with his word and signed with the Bearcats and head coach Mark Dantonio before anyone got him to think about changing him mind.
What does Chris Harrison bring to the field? Here's a short breakdown and the always important film.
Chris Harrison brings size that was missing with last years recruiting class along the trenches. He needs to be one of those guys who gets into the weight room and change how it's on his body a little bit, but don't be fooled, Chris Harrison has the ability to grow into a major force at the defensive tackle position.
While Harrison has speed for a man his size (4.9 - 40) it's his first step and the quickness he shows that really makes him the player Bearcat fans are looking for in this class. Look for him to have a chance to compete early and often if he comes in with the right attitude.
Being able to get your hands up in the passing lane or in the face of a quarterback is important in the college game; Harrison shows the ability to get it done with his long arms and ability to get leverage on his offensive foe before placing his big paws into the air.
Don't be surprised if four years down the road people will be talking about how underrated Harrison is. He's a major talent who stayed away from other "Bigger" programs (Big Ten) and keep his word with Coach Dantonio and his staff.
Many looked at Harrison to move over to offensive line as a freshman, Harrison was quick to stop those rumors and the Bearcats coaching staff stressed what type of role he will play when he arrives on campus. Defense will be Harrison's home and he should payoff early. To view his video highlights click on the link below.