LaSalle Lancer Finds Second Home

Cincinnati linebacker Vince Harris said the West Virginia campus "felt like a second home" during his visit for the Syracuse game. So much so, that he committed to the Mountaineers shortly afterward.

"I liked it a lot," said Harris after taking in WVU's win over the Orange. "The school and the town in general have a lot of friendly people. It felt like a second home to me. Even though it was an unofficial visit, I got to see everything I wanted. After I got back home, my dad called Coach Tall and told them I was committing to West Virginia.

An active defender who loves contact, Harris was attracted by the Mountaineers' 3-3-5 stack defense.

"The style of defense they play, I like it. They play really aggressively. And they don't have a lot of numbers [on defense] so I will have a chance to play early in my career."

Like many players on West Virginia's recruiting list, Harris is capable of playing more than one position in college. He played running back during the first half of his senior season, but moved back to the defensive side of the ball when LaSalle changed defensive schemes. That switch, as luck would have it, is right up West Virginia's alley.

"My coaches wanted me to get back on defense, so we switched to a 3-3 stack, said Harris. "I will play a position similar to the spur or bandit in West Virginia's version, but I well get to freelance a lot more. The coaches said they would turn me loose to make plays."

Among the other schools courting Harris were Illinois, Western Michigan, Ohio, Akron and Cincinnati, all of which had offered scholarships. Harris thinks that more offers would have been forthcoming had he stayed on defense all year, and had his team been doing a bit better on the field.

"We are having a little bit of a down year (3-5) and since I have been playing on offense, teams might not have noticed me as much," he explained. "All of the schools recruiting me were on looking at me on defense, so I might have gotten lost a little bit in the recruiting process."


Harris plans to major in accounting, and talked to WVU academic support staffer Donnie Tucker about his anticipated schoolwork and course load in that field. Harris has not yet qualified.

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Harris is scheduled to make an official visit to West Virginia in December. That trip could come on the weekend of the WVU - Rutgers game (12/2).

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West Virginia already has one former LaSalle Lancer on the roster - starting left tackle Ryan Stanchek.

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