Recruiting: Add Harrison To Cowboys' List

Athlete Michael Harrison of Dallas (Hillcrest), Texas is a multi-talented player and now he is set to sign with Oklahoma State on Wednesday. Better late than never fits the situation with Harrison. He fits the category of under publicized.

"I got the phone call and they offered," said Harrison. "They are a good program and much closer to home and I get a chance to play in the Big 12. Coach (Jason) Jones recruited me and I like him. I know I will get to see Oklahoma State this weekend."

Yes, Harrison committed to Oklahoma State sight unseen.

"I know about Dez Bryant. I've seen Oklahoma State play," said Harrison, who said the Cowboys coaching staff have told him they intend to play him at wide receiver.

Harrison said he either was or had been recruited by Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado State, and TCU at the time of his commitment to the Cowboys.

Harrison had a wide ranging impact on the Hillcrest Panthers this season in both running, passing, and catching passes as well as returning kickoffs and punts. He finished the season with close to 1,600 all-purpose yards.

Actually, Harrison was the overall MVP in District 4A-12 as he had 47 receptions for 812 yards and 5 touchdowns. He averaged 17.3 yards per reception. He also spent some time at quarterback and rushed for 575 yards on 135 carries. He had 11 rushing touchdowns while averaging 4.3 yards per carry.

As a junior he played quarterback for the Panthers completing 47-of-89 passes for 596 yards with 4 interceptions and a touchdown. He rushed for 255 yards and 3 touchdowns on 58 carries. Those numbers came in seven starts at quarterback.

He is really a jack-of-all-trades kind of player that could wind up in a lot of spots. Texas Football Magazine listed him in the at 6-2, 195 pounds with 4.6 speed and that would have come from Hillcrest and head coach Andy Todd.

"Playmaker," said Harrison in a one-word description of himself as a player.

As a person, Harrison would have to qualify as a good guy and he certainly picked the right school to fit his interest.

"I want to be a veterinarian," said Harrison. "I love animals. I really love animals. I watch Animal Planet almost every day. I really like Tigers, big cat like Panthers."

That happens to be the Hillcrest High School mascot. He also said he knows that there are plenty of animals in and around the Oklahoma State campus.

"I had a dog once, a long, long time ago, but I'm looking forward to being around a lot of animals in studying to be a veterinarian," said Harrison.

Someday that could Dr. Harrison.

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