Super OL Loves UM Visit

This talented offensive line prospect took an official visit to Miami over the weekend and loved it. He talks all about it and more in this interview.

At 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, St. Paul (Minn) Cretin-Derham Hall standout offensive lineman Ryan Harris just got back from his visit to Miami and he was blown away.

"It was really awesome," Harris told me moments ago. "I got to see the city of Miami for the first time. I got to spend some quality time with the players and coaches and it gave my parents an opportunity to see what Miami's really about."

Harris talked more about what his parents thought about the visit.

"They really liked it a lot," he said. "The visit really disspelled a lot of misconceptions they had about the whole city of Miami. They weren't sure about me going down and living and getting caught up in the whole city thing. But they saw something totally different. They saw how nice an area it is and how sincere all the coaches are. They really liked Miami a lot, much more than before."

The talented offensive lineman said he enjoyed hanging out with UM players and coaches.

"The players were great," he said. "They're all real focused and they're all about winning. And the coaches were great. I went for the camp over the summer but didn't get a chance to spend much time with them. Coach Coker is really cool. He's a real sincere guy and I felt real comfortable around him. Coach Kehoe was great too. We watched film together and he showed me some things he likes to see and thinks I do them well. It was a lot of fun to spend time with him."

So where does the visit put the Hurricanes on his current list?

"Right now, it's Miami, Notre Dame, and Michigan that I like the most because they're recruiting me the hardest right now. I have Notre Dame on December 6 and Michigan on December 13. I might also go to USC on November 30. I'm just taking these visits and taking notes as I go along. I want to process things as well as possible so I can hopefully sit down and make a final decision over Christmas break."

With the Hurricanes competing with two other programs in the Midwest, how will the distance factor play a part in his decision?

"Distance will not be a factor at all," he said. "Not at all. I found out that it'll really be the same anywhere. I mean the plane ride to Miami is barely more than an hour more than a plane ride to South Bend. I thought distance may have been a factor before, but it's definitely not a factor now."

Harris said he was the only official visitor this weekend, a time in which the Hurricanes were idle.

"They tried to get me to come in for a game, but this was the best date for me," he said. "It worked out for the best because my family really got the attention they needed and that was real important. My parents really got to know and like the coaches. Everyone associated with Miami treated us great. Now I'll just take my other visits and sit down and figure everything out."

In the meantime, Harris is getting prepared for a first round playoff game later in the week.

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