Harley has non-stop motor

Junior defensive tackle Kris Harley from Warren Central High School (Indianapolis, Ind.) has been getting recruiting attention from some of the top programs in the country. Harley hasn't slipped past the Notre Dame coaching staff and they recently hosted him on an unofficial visit.

Despite living a couple hours away from South Bend, Kris Harley (6-foot-2, 265-pounds) didn't know much about Notre Dame until his recent unofficial visit for the USC game. Now that he has seen the campus, he'd like to learn more about the school.

"I went with my mom and one of my teammates," Harley said. "My mom liked it. She was mostly worried about the education based on the questions she was asking. That was the first time I had been there. I really didn't know anything about it, because I really didn't follow them like that, but I liked it once I got up there.

"It was real nice; the campus is beautiful, the coaches are really nice. The whole atmosphere of a Notre Dame-USD game is amazing. I could see myself playing for Notre Dame. They seem to play hard every play and I like that. I like being around people that play as hard as I do. I watched the defensive line, and they're pretty quick. I was impressed. That means they are getting good coaching.

"I appreciated (the invitation from Notre Dame)," he said. "It means that I'm doing enough for them to be interested in me. It makes me feel good.

Notre Dame isn't the only school that has taken notice of Harley. Stanford, Iowa, and Virginia Tech have already extended him scholarship offers. He is also hearing from the likes of Miami, Ohio State, Alabama, Oregon and Cal. That list is surely to grow once coaches get a chance to see how Kris plays the game.

"I never stop," Harley explained. "That's what the coaches tell me all the time. I never stop, which I don't. I play whistle to whistle and I play as hard as I can every play.

"I play every position on the line. I play defensive end, 3-technique, and nose. They move me around, because I get double-teamed every play and my coach wants to give them different looks."

Through 11 games Harley has approximately 40 solos tackles, 55 assists, 16 tackles for loss, and six sacks.


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