After helping lead his team to an undefeated season and a state championship, Crest running back Tre Harbison is seeing his recruitment soar to new heights.
“I have six offers now,” said the 5-foot-11, 210-pound Harbison. “Wake Forest, UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. State, Boston College and Virginia have offered, and ECU offered most recently. I think West Virginia and Vanderbilt could be close to offering next.”
Of the schools that have offered Harbison has visited Wake Forest, N.C. State and Carolina. He is currently enjoying the process of recruitment and looking forward to finding out which school is for him in 2015.
ECU became the newest member on Harbison’s offer list last week. Despite being on a list with multiple Atlantic Coast Conference schools, the Pirates are holding their own. The recent success for ECU against ACC schools is no secret and Harbison knows about it.
“ECU is definitely a program on the rise and a team everybody should watch out for,” said Harbison. “I’ve been talking with (recruiting coordinator) Donnie Kirkpatrick throughout my season. He’s a really cool dude, I haven’t spoken with him as much as I would like so the relationship isn’t strong yet. I plan to build on it in the future.”
Kirkpatrick stopped by Crest last week to make sure Harbison’s coach told him about his offer from the Pirates.
Harbison is about a five-hour drive from ECU’s campus. Although he has never been for a visit he hopes to this offseason or next fall. He has heard it a good school academically and knows about the football program from watching the Pirates play on television this season.
“ECU has a great offensive tempo which is appealing to me as a running back,” said Harbison. “They will put up points on any defense it seems. It’s awesome to see a balanced offense that can put up points like that.”
In his junior campaign Harbison put up plenty of his own points. He finished with 260 carries for 1,850 yards and 38 touchdowns during his team’s run to the state title prompting so much attention from college coaches.
When asked about his game Harbison said he felt like he could do it all including catching passes out of the backfield and pass blocking. Heading into his last season of high school football he is focused on improving his overall worth as a back.
The offseason will be a busy time for Harbison as he plans to check out some of the schools that have offered. ECU is on his list of schools to check out, but whether he finds time for the five-hour trip will be the deciding factor.
Harbison and his teammates have one goal for next season, another state championship.