Jersey WR Catching Rutgers' Eyes

One of the class of 2011 players to make an impact during Rutgers' camp week at the end of June was Teaneck (N.J.) High receiver Tyriek Harrison. After a strong performance Rutgers is paying more attention to him. Harrison spoke with about his recruitment, a potential top two in schools and a possible interesting twist in his recruiting process.

One of the nice things about camps is how a player can increase his recruiting stock with a strong performance in front of the watchful eyes of coaches.

Count Teaneck (N.J.) High receiver Tyriek Harrison among those after his display at the Schiano Shootout last month, and he is getting interest from the Scarlet Knights after his performance.

"They told my coach they were going to meet as a staff and then give him a call," Harrison said. "I talked to (receivers) coach (P.J.) Fleck and (running backs) coach (Chris) Hewitt at the camp. They said they were very impressed and I opened a lot of eyes."

What teams like his Harrison's speed.

He is 5-foot-8, 160 pounds, and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds at a Connecticut camp this summer.

He already visited Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Connecticut, and is getting interest from Maryland. He holds an offer from Towson and will visit James Madison at the end of the month.

"Definitely, my top two, if I were to get offers, are UConn and Rutgers," Harrison said. "I like both of their coaching staffs a lot.

"UConn, they know how to teach. I learned a lot. They taught me a lot that I was able to bring back to my team, and I like how they are. They know what they're talking about.

"Rutgers is pretty much the same thing, and they're close to home."

Harrison got a chance to visit the Rutgers campus earlier this month, and also has access to loads of information since Scarlet Knights tight end Malcolm Bush is a friend.

"I know a little bit about them. I know about Tim Brown," said Harrison, who discussed Rutgers facilities. "I liked them. It impressed me a lot because the new additions to the (stadium), I liked a lot."

As a junior, Harrison made 59 catches for 1,137 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also scored twice on kickoff returns.

However, during his stint at Rutgers, he also made an impression on defense.

"It was my first tournament playing defensive back," Harrison said. "I thought I did really well, and they thought I could play corner as well. That was the first time they saw me play corner, and they were recruiting me before that. But they are recruiting me probably as a receiver."

Scarlet Report Top Stories