Gophers in the Lead

In March the Gophers coaching staff gave a verbal offer to Mallard Creek (N.C.) wide receiver Jamel Harbison. Since then the staff has maintained constant contact with the talented receiver and that effort is paying off.

Jamel Harbison currently has six verbal offers so far from schools such as East Carolina, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Out of those schools one sticks out the most—the University of Minnesota.

Since receiving an offer from the Golden Gophers, the Minnesota coaching staff has maintained a good relationship with the talented wide receiver, exchanging messages and talking on the phone.

"I've had plenty of contact with the coaches about staying fit to work, saying the U is the right place for me, and hoping that Minnesota is the right place for me to come and play," Harbison said.

The persistence of the Minnesota coaching staff is paying off because Harbison claims the Golden Gophers are his current leader.

"Their coaching staff sets them apart from the other schools because we basically stay in contact almost every day and every week," he said.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound speedster already has an official visit planned for Minnesota this fall.

"I will be coming for a visit on Sept. 10 when they play New Mexico State for my official visit," Harbison said. He also said that he plans on making a commitment after his football season is over.

Harbison will be looking at three things in particular when he visits Minnesota this fall.

"I'm looking at how the coaches treat the players, how the fans treat the players and how the classes are," he said.

Harbison said his playing style is modeled after that of New England Patriots star Wes Welker.

"I'm physical, likes to take contact and I like to describe myself as a Wes Welker," he said.

Over the offseason he plans on working to improve his speed. Currently he runs a 4.49 in the 40 but hopes to have that down to a 4.43 or 4.4 flat.

Harbison also plays baseball and would like to play both football and baseball in college even though no school has spoken to him about it yet.

"It would be a priority if my grades are right and if it is alright with the coaches," he said.

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