Scheduled to Arrive on Time

Every now and again, you come across a different breed of athlete; the type that stands about 6'5 225lbs, can run like the wind and jump out of the gym.

We often hear about the different freak things that kids can do, but few actually ever live up to the myth or expectations. When you find a kid who actually can out-perform his peers at almost anything athletic and you have the opportunity to land him as an under-the-radar recruit, you extend him an early offer.

That's what Rutgers did along with another unfortunate school that did not reap positive results despite their best efforts.

"I would say I have about a 42-inch vertical. The last time I checked was sophomore year when I registered a 38', but I jump a lot higher than that now. I can run pretty fast too. A lot of people don't know that about me but they will see. Right now, I am working with Blue streak training facility to increase my speed even more and make sure I'm in great shape once I arrive" said Mark Harrison. Mark also holds his county's scholastic high jump record of 6'8 and can long jump 20+ feet.

For the few Rutgers fans who question his arrival date, Mark stated, "I arrive on June 28th. I did all I needed to do to qualify. I took the SAT prep courses to improve my score. It helped out a lot. I actually ended up taking the ACT which I felt more comfortable with and was able to ace it. I just knew I had to get it done because I didn't want to have to go with a second option instead of getting there (to Rutgers) right off the back. I had a lot of help from my mom and guidance counselor as well as Coach Ripon and Coach Schiano. They all stood by me and helped me through this."

When asked what sold him on Rutgers, he mentioned, "I had always watched them on TV and liked what I saw. The games were always exciting. When I went down for a visit, it felt so comfortable. We hit it right off. I knew I was in the right place because they treated me right. Everybody was so cool. I didn't want to be around a bunch of cocky dudes. I wanted to be somewhere that I could actually hang out with the guys off the field as well as on. I also loved the family feeling I got there and the great program and academics. It was the perfect match."

As for his main attributes, Mark stated, "My jumping ability and strength to come down with the ball. I like being on the outside because that's where all the big plays happen. I enjoy the spacing and using a lot of movement."

Mark is already a really close friend to a lot of guys on the team, including Aaron Hayward and De'Antwan Williams, but when asked who he speaks to on a regular basis, he confessed, "Tom Savage. I talk to Tom probably every day. Tom is a real good dude. He is down to earth and really smart too. He knows the whole playbook already. We were at the spring game and he was calling out plays as they were happening. He made me wanna go home and get my head into the playbook even more than I already was. That boy is ready."

One thing he feels he can improve is his burst off the line which he is working at diligently on a daily basis. "I now see the results of hard work and determination in order to achieve your goals. I have been told that it is possible for me to get some playing time this year. I will do my best to just work hard and if everything works out then I hope to get on the field."

As for his hobbies, Mark enjoys playing basketball, listening to music, and hanging out with friends. Harrison can be seen on the internet doing some unbelieveable and spectacular things on the basketball court. He jumps off of two feet better than most players in the country.

When asked to deliver a message to the state of Rutgers, Mark confidently stated, "Get ready and prepare for a national championship because that's what we are here for."

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