Harris, a 6-foot-1, 185 pound quarterback with a 4.5 forty on the books, was offered by the Blue Devils last summer at Duke's one day camp. Not only did that initial visit result in an offer, it also provided the prospect a chance to make an early determination about the program.
"My early impression was that Duke offers everything I'm looking for in a college - from the academics to the athletics, to the social life. The football program is on the rise and they are a tight-knit family that cares about its players, and not just as athletes, but as young men."
Since the camp, Duke had been in contact via most of the offensive coaching staff, in hopes of furthering the relationship. That starts at the top with head coach David Cutcliffe.
"Before he left, I was in constant contact with Coach Roper and Coach Knowles, but now that Coach Roper is gone I speak mainly with Coach Knowles and Coach Cutcliffe."
As with most members of the class of 2015, the Duke recruiting pitch has changed from simply pitching a program that will eventually be near the top of the ACC hierarchy to one of maintaining that status. It's something that Harris has experienced and taken notice of.
"The last couple of seasons I've seen Duke grow from a football program struggling for attention, not just from recruits, opponents, or the media, but from its own student body, into a formidable opponent that commands the attention of its conference rivals, serious football student-athletes, and even the media. I have watched Duke play over the years, and one thing that really was obvious the past couple of years is the team's mental toughness, competitiveness, relentlessness, and its "we're not intimidated" attitude on the football field. They played that way all year, and it earned them a high profile bowl game where they again played hard and never gave in."
"The coaches are also talking about the changing culture from the students and Alumni to the administration. They've said that Duke is a great basketball school, but also rising to become a great football school too, and that I can be a part of what's going on at Duke."
In addition to pitching the school, the changing culture, and the program, Cutcliffe and his staff have worked hard to inform Harris of exactly what they are looking for in the class of 2015's quarterback crop.
"They are very clear about what they want in a QB at Duke. They want a leader on and off the field; a guy who knows the playbook inside and out and every position on the field; a QB who is accurate and makes good decisions with the football; someone who can keep the chains moving and extend plays with his legs when necessary. They talk a lot about being a young man of good character and someone who recognizes the value of the excellent education available at Duke and takes full advantage of the opportunity."
Other programs are just as aware of Harris, who reports offers from Boston College, Yale, and Harvard as well as interest from UCLA, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Tennessee, Clemson, Florida, Texas, Wake Forest, Stanford, Cincinnati, Temple, UConn, NC State, Maryland, Oregon, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State, Miami (FL), Missouri, Nebraska, Dartmouth, Princeton, UPenn, USC, Ole Miss, and Oklahoma.
As he concludes his junior season, Harris will begin evaluating camps for the summer as well as some visits.
"I'm considering competing in the Elite 11 QB Competition again this year. I've been invited already, but I'm not sure which one I will go to, if I do it this year. As far as camps, it's a little early right now, since I haven't really looked at summer football camps yet; but I want to get to a few one-day camps this summer if I can, and Duke is one of them. I also play baseball during the summer, so my schedule is tight during June and July. I will have to think through what I can and cannot do and then plan the summer accordingly. Besides sports, this summer I have been selected to participate in a week-long leadership program for Honors level high school students interested in exploring a career in law. I'm planning to participate in that in late June."
Despite the hectic summer schedule, Harris does know when he's targeting a decision…
"I am hoping to make my decision for college before the start of my senior year in September, but no later than the end of November."