Vols Involved With Topflight CB

Lock-down corners are about as rare as dollar-a-gallon gas while signing a lock-down corner, who checks in at 5-foot-10, 200 pounds with 4.35 speed, is more like striking oil.

In recent years Tennessee has had enough trouble signing the garden variety cover corner, which makes the future of Brandon Harrison of such interest to Fulmer & Co. to say nothing of Big Orange fans.

Although this super-sized DB from Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton, Oh., is still early in the recruiting process, he's a prize whose progress is worth staying apprised of in the Class of 2005. As one might expect there are plenty of premiere programs doing just that. He's planning on going to camps at Michigan and Notre Dame this summer as well as others. Florida is making a strong pitch as is Tennessee. He appears to be considering both schools along with numerous others on a long list that he provided to Steve Helwagen of Bucknuts.com with the The Insiders network.

"Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Florida, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Boston College," Harrison said when asked to name his early favorites. "I haven't visited them all yet so it's hard to say."

Despite his muscular frame, Harrison reportedly has the requisite quick feet and transition skills that are vital for a cover corner, and he certainly has the closing speed. However should he grow into a linebacker— if he hasn't already — Tennessee's system offers him a spotlight position at the Will linebacker, where he could use his talents as a pass rusher as well as in pass coverage.

Being in the early running for Harrison's services may not be significant because the process figures to be protracted. However if he decides to come south to play his college football Tennessee and Florida have the inside track. Both schools have extended offers as have Iowa, Michigan State, Maryland, Illinois and Notre Dame among others.

"I don't really have any time frame that I want to decide," he said. "I plan to take all five of my visits. I'll take my visits after my season and go from there."

Harrison runs track at Chaminade Julie, turning in a personal best of 10.68 in the 100 meters and another PB of 22.3 in the 200-meter run this spring. Rated one of the best prospects in the entire Midwest, Harrison recorded 78 tackles, forced 10 fumbles and intercepted two passes as a junior. He also had a great showing at a recent Nike Camp.

"I went to the Nike Camp and I locked down all the top receivers in the camp." Harrison told The Insiders Chris Pool. "I had a pick when I went one-on-one with (Michigan verbal commitment) Mario Manningham.

"I get pumped up for camps and combines. I model my game after Charles Woodson for his coverage skills and John Lynch for his hitting ability."

Harrison, who said he grew up an Ohio State fan, indicates he is continuing to weigh his options which he figures are on the rise.

"I grew up an O(hio)-State fan but I'm completely open right now," he said. "Once I get my academics in order I'm sure that more schools will offer me a scholarship."

As sure as the rising price of gasoline.

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