Announcement Primer: Quentin Harris

Recruiting has progressed for one of the Northeast's better signal callers, and a decision is expected to be made later this week. Leading into the announcement we profile the player and review the recruiting process of Quentin Harris.

The Player:
Quentin Harris describes himself as a strong armed quarterback who can not only make plays through the air, but also with his legs when necessary. He measures out at 6-foot-1 and has a 4.5 forty time on the books and is considered to be a very accurate passer when he finds his rhythm. Like most small school players, Harris will face questions about his competition as well as his ability to throw a deep ball.

The Recruitment:
Duke was among the first schools to offer, but other schools soon jumped in for 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 progressed through his junior season and into the spring time, Harris narrowed his list down to Duke, Boston College, Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, Princeton and Connecticut - confirming his earlier interviews that "academics are the most important factor" in his decision. Of that group, the popular thinking is that Harris will ultimately select between Duke and Boston College. He visited Duke several times in the last year and with the Eagles during his spring break.

After earning his offer from Duke, and hosting the coaches several times on in-school visits, Harris responded favorably when mentioning the Blue Devils.

"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."

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."


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