"Duke just felt more at home than any of the other places," said Clifford Harris. "I think I kind of knew that on my official visit, but wanted to give it some time to make sure I was certain."
And certain he was, as Harris picked Duke over Vanderbilt and Tulane as his final three.
Despite offers from other programs who focus a lot of attention on the football field, Harris stayed true to his desire to get a solid education, while making big strides on the gridiron.
"I said from the beginning that I wanted to go somewhere that was great academically, and it doesn't get better than Duke. The fact that I can go in early and compete to play and make an impact made the difference."
Ranked as the No. 37 running back in the nation according to Scout.com, Harris has seen his stock soar over the past two seasons at Higgins.
As a junior, Harris rushed for 1,480 yards and 33 touchdowns in Higgins' option-oriented offense at quarterback. Those numbers got him voted to the first team All-District and honorable mention All-State. He continued that tear during his senior season, rushing for close to 1,600 yards and 30 TDs.
Before cutting his list to his final three, Harris had offers from Central Florida, and Louisville. He also reports interest from several SEC schools including Ole Miss, LSU, and Auburn.
In the classroom, Harris has already qualified, and carries a 3.98 GPA and has scored a 22 on the ACT.