Tyler Harris Embarks on Official Visits

Tyler Harris is winding down the home stretch in the recruitment process. The NY forward gets his official visit tour started this weekend with a trip to Iowa City. Hawkeye Insider caught up with Harris to find out where Iowa stands and why these five schools made his cut. Get the update right here.

Tyler Harris' first official visit will be his most unfamiliar.

"I don't know much about Iowa, but like the other schools I'm down to, they're recruiting me hard," the 2011 Forward from New York City said.

Harris is scheduled to visit the University of Iowa this weekend.

"It's hard to say which of the schools is showing the most interest in me," Harris said. "I cut a lot of schools from my list and these are the finalists. I would say they're all showing a lot of interest."

The 6-foot-7½, 195-pounder from St. Benedict's Prep and Dix Hills, narrowed his list to four schools recently but a fifth program is hanging in the mix. Despite not extending a scholarship offer yet, Louisville will receive one of Harris' five official visits when he travels to the Kentucky school the weekend of Oct. 22.

"I really haven't gotten too much of a feel for if they'll offer or not," Harris said. "They like me enough to ask me to come down on an official. My brother (Tobias Harris, Tennessee) told me a lot about Louisville because he visited there. We'll see what happens."

Harris said that his final four schools all are even in the pursuit for his services. He possesses a scholarship from all of them.

Scout.com rates Harris as a three-star prospect on its five-star scale. The service ranks him as the 24th best power forward in his class nationally.

He told me why each of his finalists made the cut:

IOWA (Sept. 24): "They've got a great coaching staff. Coach (Andrew) Francis calls a lot, whenever he can. I get along with him well. We couldn't work out an in-home (visit), so I really hope to get to know Coach (Fran) McCaffery and the rest of the staff on this trip."

Harris canceled an in-home visit on Monday because he stayed late at school making up work he'd missed while away on another visit.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE (Oct.1): "They also have a great coaching staff. I've gotten to know then pretty well. They have a real nice campus. I was there on an unofficial visit."

PROVIDENCE Oct. 15): "The campus is nice. It's small but everybody knows each other. I think there's a good opportunity to play there right away if I work hard. I'm going to work hard no matter where I go."

ST. JOHN'S (Nov. 5): "Similar to the other schools, they have a real good coaching staff and the campus is nice. It's also close to home. It's going to be a whole new team with the players in my class coming in."

LOUISVILLE (Oct. 22): "Coach (Rick) Pitino and his staff are great. He's put a lot of players in the NBA. They're a top program."

Coaches and campus are important to Harris as you can see.

"All of these schools have great academics, too," he said. "They also all play the style of getting up and down that fits my game."

With so many similarities among the finalists, Harris isn't sure what will be the determining factor his in commitment.

"It's probably going to be where I get the best feel for the players, the coaches and the entire school," Harris said. "I'm going to go on these officials and focus in finding out the most I can about all of them."

Harris said Iowa being the school farthest from his New York home will not eliminate the Hawkeyes if they stand out above the rest.

"If it comes down to them being the best fit for me, I don't have a problem with going away," he said.

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