Rutgers Remains Hot On 4-star RB Harris

Rutgers continues to recruit Downingtown East High (Exton, Pa.) four-star running back Drew Harris aggressively, but what is Harris saying? He spoke to about his recruitment, and his interest in the Scarlet Knights.

Since Rutgers received a late-April commitment from Archbishop Wood High (Warminster, Pa.) running back Desmon Peoples, the Scarlet Knights have withdrawn their interest in nearly every other running back in the 2012 class.

The exception?

Downingtown East High (Exton, Pa.) four-star running back Drew Harris, who continues to reach plenty of interest from the Scarlet Knights.

"I hear from Rutgers a lot," Harris said. "I talked to their coaches a lot. I have a pretty good relationship with them. I talked with (assistant) coach (Phil) Galiano, (assistant) coach (Brian) Angelichio."

The reason the Scarlet Knights continue to recruit Harris is his differing style of running than Peoples.

Whereas Peoples is 5-foot-7, 175 pounds, and can run with a physical edge but is better suited as a slasher, Harris is 6-1, 205 pounds, and can be a physical presence in the running game. The two would complement one another well in Rutgers' pro-style offense.

"They tell me I can come in and play immediately," Harris said. "But that is pretty much what every school says."

And there are a lot of schools showing Harris interest.

He holds two dozen offers, but hasn't started trimming his list. Harris is also in the process of setting up summer visits, and while he doesn't yet have a schedule set, he added he would visit "some of the southern schools."

As for Rutgers, it is a program he is already familiar with, after making several visits to campus, and also because former teammate and close friend Taj Alexander is a red-shirt freshman defensive tackle with the Scarlet Knights.

He added the coaching staff says depth is needed at the running back spot.

"We talked about that, but with two top running backs there, Desmon Peoples and Savon Huggins, I'm not sure," Harris said. "We will see about it."

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