The recruiting process is heating up, according to Chandler (Ariz.) four-star wide receiver N'Keal Harry. That means a national recruitment for the talented 6-foot-3, 210-pound wideout, who has at least 13 high-level scholarship offers.
Along with getting more contact from some familiar coaches, he said he’s receiving attention from some new schools as well.
The recent schools he’s added to his scholarship offer list are a prodigious mix of some of the top college football programs - both new and old. Last month, Harry received offers from Wisconsin, Oregon and Texas to go along with schools as far ranging as Texas A&M, Louisville, Washington and USC.
For the summer, Harry is hoping to continue the cross-country theme. He’ll be in Baltimore for the Five-Star Challenge and he’s hoping to make trips to Texas A&M, Oregon and/or Washington. Rather than focusing on staying home or choosing a particular locale, the No. 1 receiver in the state of Arizona and No. 130 overall player in the Scout 300 is keeping his options open and looking for the right fit.
“The location isn’t much of a factor because my grandmother just wants me to go to a place that I can fit in and where they can use me well.”
One place Harry thinks he could fit well is at USC. The big, physical receiver uses his size and strength well to overpower defenders. He already uses his physicality to help him get off press coverage and when blocking on the outside, but one area he’s concentrating on this offseason is his route running and getting out of his breaks quicker.
“Honestly, I can really see myself in the [USC] offense just because I have watched their games on TV and I have seen their receivers," Harry said. "I really do enjoy watching them and I would be excited to play for a team like that.”
Harry continues to hear from USC wide receivers coach Tee Martin and recruiting coordinator Peter Sirmon. They have an open dialogue transpiring mainly through Twitter’s Direct Message system.
“We’ve definitely been building a good relationship. I’ve just been talking back and forth about when I can get up there again to maybe see a practice because when I went up there I just saw the school and everything, but I really would like to see a practice and see how they do things.”
The Trojans want Harry to make it out to a practice to see their offensive system up close. Harry didn’t know if it would be more likely for him to wait until the fall to visit during an official practice or if he’d make it out for a summer workout just to check things out. But it isn’t necessarily imperative for USC to get Harry out immediately.
He said he’s been thrown back a bit by the entire recruiting process and didn’t have any plans to make an early commitment. Instead, he is looking to make a decision late in his high school season, if not later.
“I’m still trying to figure everything out,” Harry said. “I was hoping to commit at the All-American Game, but I might end up committing midseason toward the end of the season, if I feel like I need to commit.”