Two Sticking Out for Harris

Of the dozen schools that have offered, Christian Harris says two have risen to the top.

"North Carolina is definitely sticking out – it's one of the top five academic schools in the nation as far as public schools," Harris said. "It's so beautiful up there. I love the campus.

"And Mississippi State – [those two schools] are sticking out pretty well for me. But with that, they're the only two schools that have offered me that I've visited so far."

Harris, a 6-foot-6, 259-pound offensive tackle from Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill, visited UNC in April – a day before the Tar Heels' Spring Game. He visited that Friday as opposed to the following Saturday because it was the only day he was free.

"It's beautiful up there," Harris said. "Coach [Larry] Fedora, he's a great guy and a great coach. He sat me down and talked to me. I got to meet [Chris Kapilovic] and the various coaches.

"They were just telling me what it would be like to be a Tar Heel – the average school day, academics, and just the day-to-day life of what it would be."

Harris' stay also included watching a UNC practice – which that day was more of a walkthrough.

"Coach Kap, he's a great coach," Harris said. "All his players really respect him, they love him, [and] they think he's a great guy. I like his coaching style."

Since UNC offered a couple of months ago, Harris has maintained a steady line of communication with the coaching staff. That communication is usually with Ron West, his area recruiter, and Kapilovic, UNC's offensive line coach – either through social media or phone calls

A week after his UNC visit, Harris traveled to Mississippi State. He has also visited Alabama and Georgia, but both aren't among the dozen schools to have offered him.

This summer, Harris plans to make several recruiting visits, with likely destinations being Kentucky, UNC, and NC State.

Harris's goal is to have his collegiate decision out of the way by the end of the summer.

"If everything goes well and I go out and visit all these schools and really get the right fit for me, I'm hoping [to commit] before the beginning of my season," Harris said.

Harris admits he was waiting on a particular offer or two to immediately jump on, but that's no longer the case.

"I used to, but now that recruiting has really come through, I'm kind of just going by these [offers] one by one," Harris said. "So I don't really have a favorite that I'm looking out for."

Harris grew up a self-described big Georgia fan. Thus, the assumption was he was holding out hope for a Bulldog offer.

"I feel like that, in a way, they've somewhat lose interest in me," Harris said. "They haven't really jumped the gun and showed their need for me like all these other schools."

This fall, Harris will be a three-year starter for Collins Hills. He began his career as a defensive lineman, but was moved to offensive tackle as a junior.

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