Hawkeyes Still in Hunt for Harris

With two recruits verbally committed and expected to sign next month, Iowa is working hard to add at least another body to its Class of 2011. The top target left on the board is N.Y. forward Tyler Harris, who will announce his intentions for college on Nov. 5. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the long lefty to get the latest on his process.

Less than two weeks from his announcement with one official visit remaining, Tyler Harris is finding this recruiting thing a whole lot tougher than he expected.

"I watched my brother (Tobias Harris, Tennessee) go through it and have gotten a lot of advice, but there's nothing like going through it yourself," the Class of 2011 forward said. "Each visit I go on, it gets a little harder."

The 6-foot-8, 175-pound lefty scheduled his final visit to St. John's this weekend. He'a already officially seen his other three finalists - Iowa, N.C. State and Providence.

"They're all great schools," Harris said. "Even though this is hard to choose, it's great knowing that I'm going to pick a great school. I know I'm pretty fortunate to be in this situation getting to play at a high Division I level."

Harris transferred to St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J. after playing last season for Half Hollows Hills High West in Dix Hills, N.Y.

"One thing I've learned through this process of official visits is to enjoy the process," Harris said. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You just have to enjoy it."

People who follow recruiting, fans and media, love to predict where an athlete will end up. There really is no consensus for Harris' destination, but quite a few folks feel that he'll land at St.John's with new coach Steve Lavin. His sister attends the school and he has friends committed to the program.

"I can see why people say that, but everyone is equal right now," Harris said of his finalists. "I don't have a favorite and I have no idea where I'm gong. After the St. John's visit, I will sit down with my parents and talk about which school is the best fit for me."

Iowa might seem like the longest shot on the board. It's the farthest from home. However, Harris was being recruited by Hawkeye Coach Fran McCaffery while the latter was at Siena last year.

"The Iowa visit was great," said Harris, who was in Iowa City during the last weekend in September. "There were a lot of things I didn't expect. The campus was really nice and so were the players and coaches."

The wait almost is over for fans of the four finalists. The process is coming to a close for Harris.

"It will probably be a little bit of nerves and also relief," Harris said. "I want to get it done so I can focus on helping my team win and then preparing for college after that."


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