Highland Springs’ (VA) Victor Harris has become one of the most sought after recruits in the nation. It’s easy to see from his video that the two-way phenom has the potential to star on either side of the ball. But as his coach indicated to us in a previous interview, Victor’s 6-0 200lb. frame and 4.4 forty speed are optimal ingredients the paradigm for the modern day cornerback. That there aren’t many prospects that fit that mold makes Harris all the more valuable…a fact that hasn’t been lost on Victor himself. “It doesn’t matter to me which side of the ball I play on,” Victor said. “I would like to have the ball in my hands at the next level, but I’ve been looking it up and there aren’t too many cornerbacks with my height and size. So I think that will be the ticket for me.”
Coach Burton also informed GBW that interview a few months back that Michigan was one of the first schools to make it in for a visit. Defensive back’s coach Ron English made the trek down to VA during the evaluation period and Erik Campbell (Harris’ primary recruiter) has spoken to him as well. While the Wolverines were amongst his earliest visitors, the certainly weren’t the last. “A whole lot of other schools made it in,” Harris said. “Oklahoma, Miami, Florida State, Florida Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Georgia just to name a few. I have close to fifty offers now.”
With that many suitors in hot pursuit, the task of separating themselves from the pack may seem quite daunting to the schools on his list. But, there are two programs that may already have an inside track at making his paired down list. Earlier in the year Harris told theInsiders.com’s national recruiting analyst Allen Wallace that, “Miami and Michigan were my dream schools as a kid.” The reasons for that were very simple. “They were always competing for the national championship,” Victor said. “I just liked the colors and I looked up to players like Charles Woodson. I saw all of their players that that stood out, and I wanted to be one of them.”
That said, neither of the schools should be counting their chickens just yet. Getting a visit from the prep star will be quite important, and Harris isn’t yet sure where his summer travels will take him. When asked if Michigan and Miami would likely get campus visits, Harris said, “probably so, but I’m not sure yet.”
“The plan is by the end of the school year…I’m going to narrow the list down to 10-12. Then in the summertime I’ll visit wherever the majority of those schools are. For instance, if most of the schools are down south then I’m going to take like a week off and visit five schools in the south.”
The in-state schools, namely Virginia Tech, will likely be formidable foes. The Hokies have a history with players from the Richmond area, but Victor indicated that he isn’t feeling pressured to choose one of the home programs. “There’s no type of pressure because I don’t let those kind of people talk to me right now,” Victor said. He elaborated on that point to TheTerritory.org in another interview. “I have to do what’s best for me. It’s going to be my decision and I’m going to do what I want to do.”
According to Coach Burton, the next cutdown will likely come on October 1st when the plan is for Victor to solidify his five official visits.