Blue Devils Eyeing Second Verbal From 08

Having already earned one commitment in the class of 2008, the Blue Devil coaching staff may very well be looking to get a second this weekend. That's because one of the top running backs on the board is coming to town with eyes on ending the recruiting process early.

As the starting running back for Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville for the last two seasons, Montel Harris has earned plenty of notoriety. He's also racked up more than 2,400 yards and two dozen touchdowns in the time, earning himself acclaim as one of the top prospects in the greater Jacksonville area.

At 5-foot-9 and 195 pounds, Harris was on hand this past weekend for the Scout combine in Jacksonville. There he placed third among all prospects in the L-Cone drill with a time of 6.88. Harris also recorded a forty time of 4.54, a shuttle time of 4.44 and a standing broad jump of 9 feet, 2 inches.

With so many physical tools, Harris is assured of earning a number of high major scholarship offers. To that end schools such as North Carolina State, Vanderbilt, and Mississippi have been in contact hoping to earn the talented Floridian's favor. However, those efforts may not pay off as Harris seems set on Duke.

"Duke seems like a very good fit, if not the perfect fit for me," said Harris. "They are an up and coming program that will give me a chance to showcase my talents. And, if I don't make it to the professional game, I'd have a great education."

Recruited by assistant coach Danny Pearman, Harris will make his unofficial trip to Durham beginning on Friday. While at Duke he'll have a chance to tour campus, meet the coaches, and generally get a feel for the program as a whole. If things go well, all signs point towards Duke landing a second member from the class of 2008.

"If things go well, I am hoping I can go ahead and commmit this weekend. That's what I hope happens."

The Blue Devils offered Harris earlier this month after receiving his junior transcripts - which reported a 3.4 grade point average. The high marks in the classroom are something Harris has always taken pride in.

"It's really important to me. My parents have always made school a top priority, and I've always been very focused on that."

Should Harris commit this weekend, he will join fellow Sunshine state prospect Brian Moore as a future Blue Devil.

Duke is expected to recruit two running backs in the class of 2008.

Video of Montel Harris' junior highlights from Trinity Catholic are linked below.


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