Hyattsville, Md. DeMatha Catholic running back Lorenzo Harrison is only a sophomore, but he's already heard from a laundry list of college programs. While there has been plenty of interest, the 5-foot-9, 193-pounder had yet to land his first scholarship offer.
That all changed last week when Harrison landed his first offer from Virginia head coach Mike London.
"My dad talked to coach London [Thursday] night, and coach London said they were offering me," Harrison said. "He [London] just said that they like my highlight tape and how tough I ran. He liked that about me so he offered me and he said he would like for me to come play for him at UVA."
After his impressive sophomore season at DeMatha Catholic, Harrison has been hearing from schools like, North Carolina State, Rutgers, Florida State, Vanderbilt, and Maryland among other. However, Harrison had heard little from the Cavaliers' coaching staff.
"Well before they offered me I hadn't had that much contact with them, but they are a school that is close to home so they were always kid of in my mind," Harrison said. "It feels great for a school to actually offer me instead of just telling me they like me a lot and they want to talk to me more."
Harrison knows in the game of recruiting, actions speak louder than words and he won't soon forget that the UVa staff was the first to make a move.
"It's a big thing, they will always stick out to me. They were the first [to offer,] they were the first team to show that they didn't care about my height, they just cared about how I performed on the field so that will always stick out to me."
Harrison has only been to Virginia once, for a 7-on-7 before his freshman year, but the experience left a positive impression and he hopes to return again to take a closer look.
"I liked it [the campus] a lot, it's somewhere I could see myself," Harrison said. "It was really nice and it's close to home so my parents could some see me play and stuff."
He added: "I definitely want to go down there this summer again to see everything."
Harrison knows this season wasn't the best for the Cavaliers, but he see's a bright future ahead.
"Guys like Andrew Brown and Quin Blanding, they will really turn things around," Harrison said. "They are great players and they should go in and start and make a big difference for UVa."
The Stags stand out ran for 764 yards and 11 touchdowns with just 80 carries last season.
Harrison Lands First Offer
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