Harbison Returns to Chapel Hill

SHELBY, N.C. --- Tre Harbison made his first recruiting visit since the end of the football season in late January. That visit was a return trip to North Carolina for the Tar Heels’ Junior Day.

Harbison, a 5-foot-10, 206-pound running back from Shelby (N.C.) Crest, has made a couple of visits to UNC, including last season’s game against NC State and the 2013 Fedora’s Freak Show.

“They were just trying to show me some love, since they were my first offer,” Harbison said. “We got to talk to the coaches and spend some time with them. We got some individual time with position coaches.”

That aforementioned offer was extended after his performance at the Freak Show prior to his sophomore season. Since then, eight other schools have offered, with Louisville, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia being the latest.

“If I’d have to say, Vanderbilt and Virginia are sticking out,” Harbison said. “They are both good fits for me offensively and I’m starting to get a good feel for their coaches.”

During UNC’s Junior Day, Harbison spent the most time with Seth Littrell, his area recruiter. But, the most impactful interaction was Harbison’s time with Larry Porter, UNC’s running backs coach.

“He just talked about having a rotation with Elijah Hood and a couple of other players in their program,” Harbison said.

Harbison says that Porter nor any other UNC coach discussed exactly where he is on their running back pecking order.

The junior day also consisted of the UNC-Florida State basketball game. It was Harbison’s first Tar Heel basketball game in-person.

“It was different going to a Carolina basketball game, because I’ve always watched it on TV,” Harbison said. “Watching it live was a lot of fun.”

A week after attending UNC’s Junior Day, Harbison traveled to Charlottesville for Virginia’s Junior Day.

Harbison led Crest in rushing as the Chargers marched through the 2014 season unblemished and claimed the NCHSAA 3AA title. He finished with 1,843 yards and 36 touchdowns on 262 carries (7-yard average).

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