To this point five-star shooting guard Gary Harris had only made one official visit public. Now the Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern standout has expanded that to three visits with another school receiving an in-home visit. On top of that a new school has entered the mix.
"It is going to be a crazy atmosphere," said Harris of the visit. "A lot of fans are going to be pumped for the football game. Notre Dame should be good this year, so it should be a fun game. I just want to see what the campus life is like on a normal weekend."
As it stands right now that will be the first official visit that Harris takes. His next trip will be two weeks later on October 15 for Hoosier Hysteria at Indiana.
"I've never been to Hoosier Hysteria because it has always conflicted with football so this will be my first year going," Harris explained. "I have heard it gets crazy down there for that and it is a great atmosphere. I am looking forward to it. I don't know if the other guys in the 2012 class are taking their visit that weekend or not, but I want to see what it will be like at IU for a weekend."
The other school constantly mentioned with Harris is Michigan State, and at this point that is the only other official visit set in stone, and that will take place November 5.
"Me and Michigan State have been talking for a while," said Harris. "I have a good relationship with the whole coaching staff. Coach (Tom) Izzo has done a great job of recruiting me personally. When I see the campus, like the other visits, I want to get a feel for what it would be like if I go there. I want to see if I could see myself being a part of things."
While those three schools have long been linked with Harris, two others are continuing significant dialogue with the family. Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is slated to make an in-home visit on September 10 which will likely lead to an official visit, and also Stanford has made a strong push as of late.
"Louisville's situation has been a little different," said Harris. "Tim Fuller was recruiting me, but then he left and they got a whole new staff. It was just kind of different because I didn't have the relationship with that staff that I had with the other staffs. Now I am developing a good relationship with Wyking Jones. They have been calling me a lot lately, and Coach Pitino is just going to come in and tell me where I fit in their program and how he plans on using me. Assuming the meeting goes well I plan to make an official visit down there after that."
About Stanford he said, "Stanford is West Coast, nice weather, and a great education. Coach (Johnny) Dawkins has done a great job of pitching the school to me and telling me what they have to offer. He has done a good job of that, but I am just trying to figure things out since we are just building a relationship. Stanford is pretty far away, but it depends on how I feel about a school."
When it comes to a timeline nothing is set in stone for Harris, but he will take his time. Right now he is focused on having a big football season and that is going to keep him from completely setting his attention to a college choice.
"We just have to play it by ear," explained Harris of a decision. "If I feel like one of those early visits is the place I want to be and I am sure about it, I will make that decision, but who knows I could go past the early period. It just depends on how I feel after I make my official visits."
He continued, "We definitely have to work around football. If we are in the playoffs I am not going to be missing any games or anything like that. I have to be there for my team and hopefully we make a big run."
For the No. 12 player in the country the official visits will go a long way to determining which school ends up landing his signature.