Ducks over Trojans?

Cary Harris, 6-0, 180, 4.4, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame HS has all the skills and potential to be a big-time cover corner at the next level. ranks Harris as the No. 8 cornerback in the country because of his ability to defend the pass. He is being heavily recruited by several Division I programs and has narrowed his list to three Pac-10 schools.

The Duck's most highly ranked defensive back spoke with from the Eugene airport on Sunday afternoon prior to takeoff. The soft-spoken shutdown corner had some good things to say about the city of Eugene, Oregon basketball, and paintball.

So how was the trip to Eugene?

"It went good. It's smaller than I'm used to but it doesn't really matter," said Cary. "It's quiet, but there's a lot to do. I liked the coaches and the facilities. The facilities are amazing!"

Hosted by young Duck Patrick Chung, Cary played paintball with other recruits and attended the Civil War basketball game at McArthur Court on Saturday night. About the basketball game, Cary said, "It was nice. There were a lot of people."

The question now is where do the Ducks fit on his final list?

"Well, I didn't like Cal that much," indicated Harris. " I don't like the town (Berkeley)...Oregon is my leader because I haven't visited ‘SC (University of Southern California) yet."

That's certainly good news for Trojan and Duck fans.

"Those are my three visits," mentioned Harris. "Cal, Oregon, and ‘SC on January 21st."

What will the deciding factors be for which school to decide on?

"Playing time is important," Harris cited. " I don't want to redshirt."

Certainly it would be difficult to bench Cary as a freshman. He has the talent, skills, and confidence to play cornerback in the Pac-10. Harris is a difference-maker; he knows that whichever school gets his signature will be looking for a back that can come in right away and contribute. By that logic, it would appear that Harris would not want to get buried in the depth chart at Southern California. They have a roster that could compete with some lower-tier NFL teams. Lately, Oregon has been more and more committed to defending the pass but do not have the level of talent than the men of Troy. For Oregon, it appears as though they have made a great impression on Cary and he could soon be wearing Duck green.

Harris will take his final trip on January 21st to USC and decide the following week on Fox Sports.

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