Harrison Enjoys Texas Visit

Big-time JUCO offensive lineman spends the weekend in Austin, and nears his final decision.

Contra Costa head coach Alonzo Carter said offensive tackle Desmond Harrison had a great time on his Texas visit this past weekend.

"He enjoyed it," Carter said. "He really enjoyed it a lot.

"There were four or five guys he knew from Houston there and he had a really good time," Carter said. "It was pretty much what he thought it would be. There's that great Texas tradition, and he knew all about them. He had a great host and really enjoyed the coaches."

The Texas visit was the fourth of Harrison's five visits. He already visited NC State, Oklahoma and Arizona State, and his fifth and final visit will take place this weekend when he'll travel to USC. Out of those five schools, NC State — which had a recent coaching change — is the only one that is out.

"Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona State, they're all right there," Carter said. "I honestly could see him going to any of them. He enjoyed his experience at all of those schools.

"It comes down to where there's a need, and where he's most comfortable," Carter said.

After the USC visit, the decision-making process will start. Harrison will travel back home to the Houston area — he played at Marshall High School — and discuss the decision with his mother.

Could this one shape into a Red River battle?

"Oklahoma and Texas are really neck-and-neck," Harrison said. "He's looking for where he can see the need for him to go in and play. System-wise, he fits both systems. And schematically, he said I think Texas does a bit closer to what we do, which could be a little bit of a factor.

"I've told him that it's a win-win situation," Carter said. "Because those are some great institutions. I've told him to approach this whole thing as a business decision."

In the business world, Harrison would be considered a hot commodity. In fact, the massive offensive tackle recently earned All-America honors, and he projects as the kind of immediate starter who could immediately upgrade an offensive line.

Could that piece be headed to the Longhorns?

"We really appreciate all of the attention," Carter said. "Coach Brown, Coach Davis, Coach Searels, the offensive coordinator, I really appreciate everything they've done."

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