Mounting Options

Sharon (Pa.) High School linebacker Kellen Harris has four football scholarship offers and a favorite, but his options could be opening up, both on the gridiron and in another full contact sport that's popular in the Keystone State.

Harris currently holds football offers from West Virginia, Cincinnati, Indiana and Marshall, and says the three-time defending Big East champions are his favorite at the moment.

"West Virginia is in the lead right now," said Harris, who visited the Mountaineer campus last month and will do so again soon. "I went down for a day last month, and I liked everything I saw. I got the chance to talk to the coaches a lot, and I had a good time there. The coaches were out of the office for a while, but now that they are back in I will be going down for another visit."

While WVU leads at the moment, it figures to have a tough battle on its hands as time goes on. Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa are all showing a great deal of interest in the physical linebacker, and one or more of those schools could come through with an offer.

"I do want to keep my recruitment open and see what happens," Harris said. "I don't think I will make a commitment before the season starts."

Compounding the football recruiting picture is the fact that Harris is also an oustanding wrestler. He is drawing interest from strong wrestling schools such as Edinboro, Clarion and Bucknell, with Penn State and Buffalo also in the picture. West Virginia, however, has not been in contact with Harris on the wrestling front.

Asked about the possibility of participating in both sports, Harris downplayed the idea.

"I don't think I could do both; I'd probably have to choose," he said. "I do prefer football, but I want to keep all my options open."

While WVU does appear to have a long-term battle on its hands, Harris reiterated that the Mountaineers are very much on his mind.

"West Virginia will definitely get one of my official visits."

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