Bloomington – After getting a first-hand look at a handful of major college football programs, Kirk Harris had no doubt about where he wanted to play.
The 6'5", 278-pound offensive lineman from Blue Valley (Kan.) H.S. just outside Kansas City verballed to the Hoosiers on Tuesday, shortly after completing a visit to Bloomington campus earlier this week. His time on IU's campus convinced him that Coach Bill Lynch was who he wanted to play for, and the Big Ten was where he wanted to test his skills.
"I loved the facilities, the staff, and I love Coach Lynch's attitude," Harris said. "I believe he's taking the program in the right direction and I want to be a part of that."
While Indiana was the first program to extend a scholarship offer, other big names appeared close to doing so as well. Harris said both Kansas and Nebraska wanted him to come to one of their one-day camps to evaluate him and potentially offer. In addition to that Big 12 duo, Harris had also taken trips to Kansas State and Oklahoma State to get a look at what they might potentially have to offer.
While each of those programs had plenty to like, his most recent trip to Bloomington answered any questions about his future college home.
"I've been to other places, and I thought Indiana stood out," Harris said. "My parents agreed, so I went ahead and decided. I knew when I came to campus that committing was an option, and once I got on campus and got a tour, it was just amazing. Then I got to meet the coaches and I knew it was the place I wanted to be."
Indiana is equally excited about Harris' decision. He's a two-year starter that has earned all-conference honors each of his two seasons while helping lead Blue Valley to back-to-back semifinal appearances in the Kansas high school playoffs. A left tackle on his prep team, Harris said the IU staff didn't specify where he'd play along the offensive line, although he suspects guard would be a strong possibility.
Wherever he winds up on the football field, Harris is glad that it's Bloomington that he'll soon call home.
"I watched a couple of their games last year and they never give up and I want to play with a team like that," Harris said. "It feels like family. Then with Coach Lynch, whenever I'd e-mail him, within 30 minutes or an hour he'd get back to me. You don't get that kind of treatment at other places. I want to be a part of that."
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