Drew Harris had the offers to attend FCS schools on scholarship, but an opportunity to stay home and play at Rutgers was one he couldn’t pass up.
The Scarlet Knights added their second quarterback to the 2017 recruiting class in Harris, who committed as a preferred walk-on out of Camden (N.J.) High.
“Just talking to him, he had some FCS offers, but he really wanted to play for the home state,” said Camden coach Dwayne Savage. “That’s why he came out and took that offer.”
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Harris brings Rutgers depth at the quarterback position, which saw three scholarship players transfer at the conclusion of the 2016 season.
Offensive coordinator Jerry Kill saw a fit for his spread offense with the athleticism and talent Harris provides, according to Savage.
“When (Harris) talked to coach Kill, coach Kill liked his skillset and thought it would fit well into the offense,” Savage said. “(Kill) told him he can see him earning his scholarship shortly, and hopefully come in and compete (for) two or three years, compete for the starting job.”
While Harris has dual-threat ability, he has pocket-first instincts.
“The good thing is he likes to be in the pocket,” Savage said. “He doesn’t have a problem being in the pocket, but he also can run the football. Either way, when plays break down, he can try to extend some plays and make some plays for you.
“For us, he’s a gym rat. He likes to get in the gym, he’s going to be in the film room. So, he’s going to give them every effort to try and get that scholarship.”