BERWICK, Pa. - Don't look for Exton (Pa.) Downingtown East running back Drew Harris, a prospect with more than 20 scholarship offers to his credit, to issue a pre-season commitment to a Division-1 FBS or FCS program like 48 other Keystone State prospects in the 2012 class have done thus far. Harris said he wants to wait a little bit before making a choice. But how long will schools have to wait?
"I'll probably decide after my senior season," Harris said following his team's third passing scrimmage during the Berwick 7-on-7 Passing Tournament at Crispin Field Saturday afternoon.
Harris' reason for waiting?
"There are a couple of schools I want to look at to see how they're doing and if they're staying true to running the football like they say they will be," Harris said. "The schools I want to look at are mostly schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference. What better way to check in on them than to see what they're doing during the season?"
Harris did not name the specific programs he would be looking at or want to visit, but one thing that is certain is that he loves toting the pigskin. Through two seasons as the featured tailback in Downingtown East's balanced offensive attack, Harris has piled up 3,970 yards and 58 touchdowns on the ground - 2,010 yards and 30 scores as a sophomore and 1,960 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior. In that span, the Cougars have posted a 19-6 record.
Harris is 30 yards shy of a Cougar milestone - Downingtown East has never produced a 4,000-yard career rusher in its program history, but has produced a trio of quarterbacks with more than 4,000 career passing yards, including two field generals with more than 5,000 yards to their credit.
In previous updates of his recruitment, Harris has gone on the record as saying he favors schools with a traditional offense and running game. He explained how much a traditional running offense would impact his decision.
"It's a factor, but it's not the only factor," Harris said.
Pitt fans will he happy to know the Panthers still rate "very highly" with Harris, who says he hears from the staff fairly often. What stands out to him about Pitt?
"They've told me I could be the face of what they do offensively," Harris said. "I hear from them pretty often and have a really good relationship with Coach Norvell, McGee and Graham."