Marietta (Ga.) WR prospect Tyree Harris took in a spring practice at Mississippi State on Tuesday, and it only elevated his interest in the Bulldogs. Couple that with his piquing interest in fellow SEC program Kentucky, and that's who it may come down to when it's all said and done.
"It was my second time going, because I was there for Junior Day," said Harris of the trip to Starkville. "When we went for junior day it was more about campus and not 1-on-1 time or anything, this time I met with my education lady who helps us with academics and makes sure we get to class and get to tutoring and all that.
"She is going to push us, so I really like how Mississippi State says they are going to push me academic-wise and football-wise."
On the field, the day's practice gave Harris a glimpse of what BCS-level football was like – something he admitted was new to him.
"I was there for practice, I really liked it," he said. "It's way different than high school, everything is faster and more organized, and I liked it a lot. The receiver group had different types of drills, Coach [Angelo] Mirando did a lot of different offensive things and I really like that a lot because it shows that he pushes blocking and catching the ball and turning up the field…making plays and making moves, so I like how coach Mirando deals with the receivers."
After taking in the session, Harris got the chance to intimately sit down with some of the coaches on the Bulldogs' staff.
"I sat down and talked to the Head Coach, coach [Dan] Mullen, I talked to him in his office and me and him had a good conversation," said the 6-foot-2, 184-pounder. "He said he really likes my highlight film and he talked about what he expected if I make the choice to go there.
"I also talked to my recruiting coach, coach [Geoff] Collins, it was coach Mirando but they switched it up…coach Collins is pretty cool, during practice he was keeping me updated, so I was feeling real comfortable with them."
With a successful day in the bag, Harris is one step closer to making a final decision, although he's still awaiting an offer from the Wildcats. So why hasn't it been extended?
"I really don't know, I think I need to get down there a little more and get better with the coaches," he said. "When I was there for Junior Day, I was talking to Coach Joker Phillips and he said before he starts offering he wants to make sure he has a great connection with his players. Once he does offer me, he wants to make sure I'm a possible commit – and a man of my word.
"I'm really liking Mississippi State and Kentucky right now."
Naturally, Harris is planning return trips to each school for day camps, but another SEC school that has offered may also get him on campus.
"I want to make it to Missouri, because they are showing a lot of interest," he said. "I would love to go visit, but I will have to wait and see if I can get there on an official visit."
As for the other schools that have offered – it's safe to say it's a much longer shot considering their distance from his SEC roots and the lack of current interest each northeast school has shown.
"But anything can happen in the next couple of months, but right now there's not that much interest."
So after the spring and early-summer visits/camps Harris attends, it will likely be decision time. He plans on announcing his final decision by June 22, when he will be participating in a 7on7 in New York. The event was originally scheduled for California, but it was moved on April 1. The date is viewed like a deadline.
"Once I make my commitment, I'm not planning on de-committing because I'm a man of my word," said Harris. "So once I make my decision and sit down and talk to my coach, coach (Scott) Burton about it, and my mom and my position coach, coach (Labrone) Mitchell about it – I'm going to make sure that pick is the right one for me."
So why at the New York event?
"I wanted to make it right then and there," he said. "I just want to get the recruiting process out of the way so I can focus on my team and (senior) season. I can have that all out the way and focus on me being a high school athlete."
Harris also said he wants to re-focus on his grades during his final prep campaign. Stay on FOX Sports Next and Scout.com for the latest on the Georgia prospect and the rest of the Class of 2013.