Harrison Talks Camp, Buckeyes

Recently, CB Brandon Harrison of Dayton Chaminade-Julienne put on a tremendous performance at camp while at OSU and also had a chance to take in some Buckeye football when he was there. Gary Housteau caught up with him to talk about the camp and the Buckeyes.

At the recent Nike Camp at Ohio State, Brandon Harrison of Chaminade-Julienne High School in Dayton turned in an Erik Haw-like performance when he ran a 4.25 second time in the 40-yard dash.

"I have a lot more schools, especially down South like Miami and Central Florida, that are interested in me now," Harrison said.

The 5-9, 193 defensive back measured 37.3 inches on the vertical jump and he also did 18 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press.

"I think I did better than even I was thinking," Harrison said. "I had the mind set of coming in and selling out, but I didn't think it was going to be this big."

And he attributes his really good week, recruiting-wise, to his stellar performance at the camp where he was able to successfully defend against tall receivers that were of the 6-feet-3 variety. He even thinks he may have helped his chances with the Buckeyes now.

"Yeah, I think I did because it was there," Harrison said. "It was at their practice facility so they were able to have their people out there watching."

Members of the Buckeye staff weren't in attendance at the combine but they did acknowledge Harrison's performance when they spoke with him at the Spring Game.

"When we went to the game (Saturday) they were talking about it," Harrison said, "and they were talking about my track times."

Harrison, who has already been clocked at 10.68 seconds in the 100 meters, was at the Scarlet and Gray game with his C-J teammate Javon Ringer.

"It was fun," he said. "It was good to see some football because I haven't seen any football in a while. It was good to see all that hitting."

Like every other Ohio State fan that was there, Harrison was fired-up to say the least.

"Especially when the band came out," he said. "I was real fired-up, I was ready to get on the field and play myself."

His interest in Ohio State is no secret.

"When I was little, I always wanted to go ‘O' State," Harrison said. "I was really priming myself to go to ‘O' State, I've been going to their camp since my freshman year. But they haven't really shown much interest though."

And he hasn't really figured out the reasons for that.

"We had a chance to talk to Coach Tucker (Saturday), and he told us that they are interested and to just be patient because it's early in the recruiting process," Harrison said. "But I've noticed that they've already offered so many kids and DBs and whatever, so I really don't know what they're doing."

But Ohio State is still in the running among his top schools, for sure.

"Oh yeah, they're always going to be a player for me," he said.

Both Harrison and Ringer have been to Ohio State on numerous occasions and they both have positive feelings about the school.

"Especially after (Saturday) because Coach Tucker actually came up and spoke to me and talked to my dad," Harrison said. "And when Jim Tressel came down to our school earlier this year he asked for me and Javon and talked to us."

So it's going good with Ohio State, just maybe not quite as good as Harrison would like it to be.

"A lot of other schools like Iowa, Michigan and Notre Dame are sending me personalized letters and they're talking about offering and all kinds of stuff," he said.

Iowa and Miami of Ohio have already offered him and Harrison just recently sent his transcripts to Notre Dame. He said that Michigan wants to offer him but they want to see him first.

"I think I'll probably commit in the middle or near the end of the season," said Harrison who sports a 3.0 GPA and has scored a 17 on the ACT and 910 on the SAT. "Colleges still might want to see me play."

And if the Buckeyes were to offer out of nowhere, would he accept on the spot?

"I'd have to say I probably would jump," Harrison said. "It's Ohio State. I've been an Ohio State fan for a long while, and like I said I was grooming myself to play for Ohio State by going to their camp all of these years."

Speaking of camps, Harrison said he might stop at a few this summer.

"If I stop at any," he said, "it will probably be Ohio State and Michigan."

Until then, Harrison said he'll focus on track season.

"If everything keeps going like it is and my times keep dropping like they are, I should be able to take state in the 100," he said.

And then there is football, where Harrison and his teammates almost expect to win a state title again this year.

"Yeah, I can't wait!"

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