This fall season was a busy one for Mill Creek (Ga.) 2018 guard John Harris. On the field, he was part of a 13-1 squad that lost in the semi-finals of the GHSA Class 7A state playoffs.
Off the field, Harris’ recruitment saw a slight spike as he took in a number of visits. While Virginia Tech, then North Carolina offered over the summer, Cincinnati, Rutgers and Wake Forest followed suit during the fall.
Now that his focus is back on his recruitment with his junior season in the books, Harris said he has a few visits coming up, for junior days. But what he’s looking for hasn’t changed.
“I want a good education, a good college town and a good atmosphere,” he said. “I don’t think it’s changed, really.”
This fall, Harris saw games at Notre Dame, Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, Auburn and Cincinnati. But he was on hand for two games in Blacksburg. Harris visited in September for the Hokies’ win over East Carolina, then returned last month to see their win over Virginia.
“We went back because the first time was just me and my mom,” he said. “I wanted my mom, dad and brother up there. When we talked to Coach Fuente, he said these games are close. I was expecting that but it ended up being a blowout. UVA wasn’t good, but I expected them to put up a bigger fight. It was over at halftime.”
Harris has yet to release any favorites. But Virginia Tech has cemented a high position with him at this point.
“I like ‘em a lot,” Harris said. “The biggest thing I like is the coaches. They all know what they’re doing and they’ve got the program going in the right direction. Coach Fuente is ACC coach of the year, so he’s obviously doing something right.”
Harris said another reason for his piqued interest in the Hokies is his relationship with assistant coach Vance Vice. They’ve stayed in touch on a regular basis.
“I think our relationship has become almost friends,” Harris said. “He’s visited the school two or three times and they don’t do that often. Last time, it was Coach Vice and Coach Fuente. The relationship is good.”
Aside from his trips to Blacksburg, Harris said there was one other trip this fall that stood out. And Virginia Tech was still involved.
“The one that stood out the most was probably Notre Dame,” Harris said. “That’s such a storied program. It was cool seeing that place in person. Everything was cool to see. I was there for the Virginia Tech game and honestly, I was quietly rooting for Virginia Tech. It was just a cool place. I don’t think I’ve ever been colder, though.”
As of now, Harris said he doesn’t have any set junior day plans. But he hopes to get back to see the Hokies, as well as a few of his other suitors.
“I wanna go to Rutgers and Wake Forest,” Harris said. “I’d like to go to the places that have offered me. That’s just the nice thing to do. They give me an opportunity, so I might as well see what it’s about.”