Tough call for Lyons Township receiver

Lyons Township (Ill.) wide receiver Matt Harris holds double-digit offers and is aiming to give his verbal commitment during the summer. The process of narrowing down to one school will not be an easy one.

Matt Harris holds double-digit offers and hopes to narrow down his list for an end-of-summer commitment. He anticipates that process won't be so simple.

"It's so close between each school, I don't know who I'm favoring yet," said the Lyons Township receiver.

Thus far, Harris holds offers from Northwestern, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Miami, Toledo, Western Michigan and others.

During the summer, Harris is taking visits to each school, which will be a crucial part of the recruiting process.

"If I don't feel comfortable at a place, I'm going to take them off my list," said Harris. "They're very important."

It's no coincidence that Harris is looking at schools in the Big Ten. He hopes to land with a program in the Midwest.

"I'm just looking for a place I can call my second home," Harris said. "Somewhere close to home so if anything happens, I can get back. Just somewhere I fit in and feel comfortable."

Harris will visit Wisconsin today as he continues to tour each of his options. He has visited Northwestern numerous times, most recently last week, and hopes to return to Evanston fairly soon.

"It's amazing, Northwestern is a great school," said Harris. "They have not only great academics but a growing football program. I think it would be a blessing if I got the opportunity to play there."

Harris has built a relationship with Northwestern's coaches, whom he speaks with on a regular basis.

"We're pretty close, pretty close," he said. "I talk to them a few times a week. I'm probably going down to visit again pretty soon. I really like the coaches and the whole staff, they're all a bunch of great guys."

Harris is preparing to give his verbal commitment prior to the start of his senior season, or in the early weeks of the season at the latest. Northwestern has put itself in the running for the talented receiver, but the race is still a close one.

"I'm looking forward to getting to know more about Northwestern," he said. "But every other school, too."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs. He currently resides on Chicago's north side.
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