If the word wasn’t out on Corperryale Harris before last week’s Nike All America camp, it certainly is now. The 6-4, 165-pound combo guard had already made waves in the state of Michigan during his junior campaign. Toward the end of the season and into the spring, news of his high level play caught the attention of a number of Midwest programs. Many of those schools, including Michigan, had already stepped to the table with scholarship offers. Now after his strong all-around performance, which also featured improved perimeter shooting, college coaches from across the country are trying to get in. Harris will surely have his pick of high-major programs in the coming months and he already has a firm list of criteria that his ultimate destination must meet.
“[I’m looking for] somewhere I can play right away,” he said. “Somewhere I’ve got a good opportunity to win a national championship, a coach that’s going to be hard on me and not let me slack, and I want to be surrounded by a bunch of good people.”
The Michigan Wolverines made Harris their top recruiting priority a few months back, and the talented youngster sees a lot of traits he desires in the Maize and Blue. “They offer a lot of that,” he said. “They seem like good people for the most part, and they are telling me I can come in and play right away.”
Harris has been a frequent visitor in Ann Arbor in recent months, having made his way to a number of open gyms and to an unofficial visit with his dad to speak with Coach Amaker. Another Big Ten program has turned up the heat of late, and recently received a visit as well. Those still hoping get the fast-rising prospect on campus may have to wait until school starts. Harris indicated that he plans to focus primarily on his high school team in August, which will leave him with limited time to make trips before coming to a decision in the fall.
“Indiana and Michigan…that’s it,” Harris said regarding unofficial visits to date. “No other ones yet. They pretty much said the same things. It was good. It was all right. (All of the schools) say I’m versatile. They say I can play any three of the wing spots. I think I can play any style, but [I prefer] more fast tempo. I want to commit before my high school season, but I don’t know. I’m going to wait until I find a place that fits.”
The process of determining the best fit is not one that Harris is tackling alone. He is relying on the advice and guidance of a number of people that have his best interests at heart to help him make the most informed choice.
“Me, my momma, my daddy, Coach McDowell…my old high school coach, Coach Flowers…my new high school coach, and Coach Speedy from my AAU team,” Harris said regarding those that will have a say in his decision. “Some of them are telling me to wait it out. Some of them are telling me if I feel comfortable with a school to go with it. They probably would like me to stay home. But then again, they want what’s best for me.”