Dynamic Athlete Snags Kansas Offer

Wide receiver prospect Monte Harrison is one of the early names making noise in Missouri for 2014. The three-sport standout already had two scholarships in hand when Kansas Head Coach Charlie Weis visited Lee's Summit West. Go Inside for more on the Jayhawks' latest offer…

Monte Harrison is used to attention. A gifted three-sport athlete, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior is among the best football, baseball, or basketball players in Kansas City any time he steps between the lines.

On Tuesday, members of the Kansas football staff visited Lee's Summit West High School to meet with Coach Royce Boehm. Their attention was squarely on Harrison, as the Jayhawks became the third school to extend a scholarship offer to the Titans wide receiver.

"I knew it was coming," Harrison said with a smile. "They told me that they liked me. They said, ‘we like you, we just want Charlie Weis to come talk to Coach Boehm about you.'"

Even after Mizzou's move to the Southeastern Conference, Border War hatred still burns hot on both sides of the Kansas-Missouri state line. Lee's Summit is widely known as Tiger country, and Harrison knows he's sure to take some heat over his Kansas offer.

"I think it's kind of funny," he said. "I know I'm going to hear about it later. At the same time, the teachers just want the best for the kids. I've had a few come up and congratulate me, but other than that, they don't really say much."

High school coaches often show favor to in-state schools when it comes to recruiting. When the head coach's son is Evan Boehm, a freshman starter on Missouri's offensive line in 2012, most assume Kansas wouldn't have a shot. Harrison doesn't see it that way.

"Coach Boehm doesn't care," Harrison said. "He just wants the best for us."

Harrison is primarily considered to be a receiver at the collegiate level, but his size and speed could make him a very good safety prospect. With an athlete of Harrison's ability, getting him on campus is the main concern.

"I think Kansas is recruiting me as an athlete," he said. "They really didn't say. Wherever any school wants to put me that will get me on the field, I'll go play."

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