Perspective on RB Shariff Harris

The University of Pittsburgh football team has been scouring the land for quality running backs. Shariff Harris, an impressive running back from New Jersey, has openly stated that he's leaning towards Pitt. The spoke with his coach to gain a better understanding of Harris. Read on.

"Shariff is a powerful north-south runner. He hits the hole and runs downhill. I wouldn't call him a slasher," stated St. Peters Preparatory School Head Football Coach Richard Hansen. Coach Hansen is referring to his star running back Shariff Harris (6-foot-2 inches, 205 pounds). Harris has narrowed his final list of schools to Pitt, Rutgers, South Florida and Maryland. He has openly stated that he's heavily leaning towards the Panthers.

"Right now it looks like Shariff is down to Pitt, South Florida, Rutgers and Maryland," said Hansen. "At this point it's safe to say he's favoring the Panthers. He has over ten scholarship offers."

Harris rushed for 1,400 yards and scored 22 touchdowns in nine games a junior. He currently has rushed for just over 1,000 yards and scored 13 touchdowns as a senior.

"Shariff is around 6-foot-2 inches tall and 205 pounds. He's an explosive running back that has several gears. He runs a sub 4.4 forty-yard dash. When he hits a hole, he's running down hill."

Harris has set a December 8th official visit to Pitt. ranks him a "three-star" recruit and the 55th best running back in the nation.

"What makes Shariff a dual threat is that he's extremely fast and physical. He's a power back that can break a long run at any time. He has great vision and he doesn't let the first tackler get him down."

University of Pittsburgh Running Backs Coach David Walker has been primarily recruiting Harris.

"Coach Walker has been coming to our school prior to his time at Pitt. He's a great guy and very straight forward. The players he has recruited know exactly where they stand. He's doing a great job with Shariff."

Pitt has already received a verbal commitment from rugged running back Xavier Stinson (5-foot-9 inches, 225 pounds) from Chaminade-Madonna Preparatory School in Hollywood, FL and running back/fullback Henry Hynoski (6-foot-2 inches, 235 pounds) from Southern Columbia Area High School in Catawissa, PA.

"Shariff is a great player and I believe he would do well in Pitt's offense. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt wants to establish a physical running game and Shariff would flourish in a system like that."

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