Will Harris Be Part of Downingtown Pipeline?

When Rutgers received a commitment from Downingtown East tight end Tyler Kroft on Friday, it marked the second time in two classes a player from the Exton, Pa., school chose Rutgers. And it is not the end of the talent pool at Downingtown East. Rutgers is recruiting class of 2012 running back Drew Harris, and he had some interesting comments about a potential pipline from Exton, Pa., to Rutgers.

Defensive tackle Taj Alexander often talked to right end Tyler Kroft about the merits, and benefits, of playing football at Rutgers, but those weren't the only two Downingtown East High (Exton, Pa.) players talking about the Scarlet Knights.

Running back Drew Harris, one of the top area players in the 2012 class, was also part those conversations, and in time everyone will know how influential those discussions turned out to be.

Alexander will enroll at Rutgers later this month, and Kroft committed to coach Greg Schiano on Friday. And when it comes to Harris, well, the Scarlet Knights are already recruiting him hard.

"It's funny it turned out that way because a couple of months ago it was just like dream, ‘Oh, what if we all went to Rutgers?' ‘' Harris said. "Now, it can possibly come true."

After rushing for more than 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns as a sophomore, Harris already pulled in a verbal offer from South Carolina. He is camping at Rutgers June 28-29, and already knows how the coaching staff views him.

"I think my next (offer) should be coming from Rutgers," Harris said. "I really like the coaches, and it seems like they have a really good program. But I'm still young, so it's not like I'm really focused on one school yet."

Harris added he hasn't started thinking about what he wants in a school, other than desiring a program that is going to utilize the running game a lot.

However, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Harris has some familiarity with the Scarlet Knights.

"I know they have a 40-yard dash (track) in the weight room," he said. "They were the first college football team. That's about it. I don't know much about their program. I know they're pretty good academically, too."

For now, though, Harris is focusing on the 2010 season.

He knows defenses will be even more keen to stop him after he was instrumental in leading the Cougars to a 10-3 mark and a berth in the semifinals of the PIAA state Class AAAA tournament.

"They'll probably key on me all game, but we're got a couple of surprises," Harris said. "It doesn't bother me all that much."

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