Recruiting picks up for Harbison

Diablo Valley CB Alex Harbison (6-0, 175) has become a popular player with four-year schools after a solid sophomore season. He's just reeled in his first offer and he's got several BCS programs looking to bring him in for visits. Harbison talked with recently and we discussed recruiting and how his 2007 season ended.

"We finished the year 6-5, but I thought we played well," Harbison told "We lost last weekend to San Mateo in the Bulldog Bowl, but we battled them hard and they are a really talented team."

Harbison finished the year with over 30 tackles, four interceptions and over 15 passes broken up. He even returned one of his four picks for a touchdown as well.

"I worked really hard last summer on my technique and really breaking on the ball hard," Harbison said. "That's what helped me a lot. My quickness and speed were already good, but with better technique I could really drive on the ball hard when we were playing zone."

Harbison prepped at Pinole High School in California and was recruited by several WAC and Mountain West schools and even got some looks from som Pac 10 schools, but grades held him back and he had a decision to make if he wanted to continue playing ball.

"I had a bad freshman year and I paid for it when I was being recruited," Harbison said. "A lot of schools like me a lot because of my speed and size, but when they got my transcripts they figured out that I wasn't going to make it.

"One of my boys, Castine Bridges, was playing up here at Diablo and he told me I should come up and play and that the coaches here were really good and prepared guys to move on."

So, Harbison headed up to Pleasant Hill and enrolled. Joining him this past year was his older brother Andre Harbison and to say it was strange to have his sibling on the field with him was an understatement.

"He's five years older than me so it was sorta strange having him out there because we had never gotten to play together, except for pickup games," Harbison said with a laugh. "We got used to each other though. He said he didn't have much eligibility left and he was a track guy, but he wanted to come and play with me so we had a lot of fun as the season went on."

The younger Harbison also has track speed to go with some solid strength numbers as well.

"I ran a 4.3 at the combine and I had a 38-inch vertical and benched 185 10 times last summer," Harbison said. "I've had a lot of schools looking at me because of my size and speed again."

Utah State recently stepped up with an offer and several other schools have made inquiries into Harbison's transcripts and game film.

"Indiana, TCU, Ole Miss and Oregon have been talking to me and my coaches about things," Harbison said. "They just got some of my game film and they all wanted my transcripts too.

"Utah State wants me to visit soon and so do Oregon and Ole Miss. Nothing has really been set up yet though."

Harbison expects to graduate in May and will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll continue to follow Harbison as he begins to set up his visits.

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