Working with Jay Valai throughout the offseason, Colleyville (TX) Heritage cornerback Reid Harrison-Ducros has picked up a lot of traits from the former Wisconsin safety. The mannerisms haven’t been limited to the football field either.
With Valai – now his strength coach – talking so highly about his experiences with the program, the 5-10, 165-pound cornerback made sure the University of Wisconsin was going to be one of his stops on his high school summer camp tour.
“I came here because of Jay,” Harrison-Ducros told BadgerNation. “He’s raving about the campus all the time because I train with him. When I got here, it was just a wonderful experience all around. I love the campus. I love the food. I love the football stadium, the environment and the town.”
Harrison-Ducros was one of the most active defensive backs throughout the two sessions Sunday, earning praise from the Wisconsin staffers and winning most of his one-on-one battles.
“I feel like I did decent,” Harrison-Ducros said. “I have some stuff to work on to fine tune and tweak. I have to work on not always using two hands at the line and switching things up, doing some mix and matching. But right now I feel I had a pretty good day.”
Harrison-Ducros spoke with secondary coach Daronte Jones and head coach Paul Chryst during his camp session, both saying they were interested and would continue to track him. Harrison-Ducros also got feedback from Valai, who was at the camp with three other Texas players he trains.
“I met him in ninth grade and I started training with him then,” said Harrison-Ducros of Valai. “My game has skyrocket since I’ve been training with him. All the knowledge he knows from having played at the college level and almost playing in the pros, all the keys and tendencies he has from his experience he’s helped passed on to me.”
While he’s been hearing from several power five conference schools, Harrison-Ducros picked up his first offer recently from Louisiana-Monroe.
“What excites me is they play at Alabama and Georgia this year,” said Harrison-Ducros. “They play big schools and that’s the environment I want to be in, on the big time stage. After the first offer, I am hoping more roll in.”