"Coach Hinton use to coach at Marion Harding High School and Coach (Aaron) Cook talked with him about me. About two or three weeks later Coach Hinton started talking with me and about two weeks ago they offered me. I went up and took a visit and fell in love with it and committed."
Giving the Bearcats his commitment Harrah found a staff very excited about their latest pledge.
"The coaches were at a dinner but I spoke with Coach Hinton and he was excited and he put Coach Elston on the phone and he was very excited as well. I know I'm excited about being a Bearcat."
While Marion Pleasant is one of the top prep programs in Ohio it's not a hot bed for BCS talent. But college programs found a hidden gem and Harrah picked up scholarship offers from Iowa State, Indiana, Ball State, Akron and Ohio prior to his Cincinnati offer. For Harrah he knows he's opening up doors for players behind him.
"It's an honor to be only the second guy from Marion Pleasant to go D-I, it's a great honor and great feeling. We have some very good younger players who will also have a chance to play at the next level."
The closeness of home and the chance to repeat what he saw on television this past season made the Bearcats an easy choice.
"I watched Cincinnati in the Orange Bowl and really liked what I saw. I look forward to being part of a team expecting to win at the highest level."
The future for Harrah will not come at the tight end position at UC. The Bearcats staff has other plans according to their newest commitment.
"Cincinnati wants me to play defensive tackle when I get there. I feel I have great explosion off the ball but will need to work on the finer points of playing defensive tackle."
While Harrah may not have the early press clippings or star rankings he fits into the new defensive scheme the Bearcats will play this fall. Getting players at the defensive tackle position with great physical size is something that doesn't always happen and getting Harrah will allow for the chance he can grown into they ideal type of player.