Touted running back Drew Harris will not be enrolling at Virginia Tech this spring semester, but it appears Hokie fans can still breathe a sigh of relief. On Monday, the former Downingtown East (Exton, PA) star tweeted that he will remain committed to Tech despite not being able to enroll this month.
Harris later added: “I Can Enroll in May at the Earliest.”
A consensus 4-star recruit coming out of Downingtown East, the 6’1″, 210-pound Harris rushed for over 2,000 yards his sophomore year and just under 2,000 yards his junior season. A knee injury shortened his senior season, but he still finished with over 600 yards rushing and nine touchdowns.
Harris verbally committed to Tech in the fall of 2011 and signed a letter of intent in February of 2012. He did not qualify academically, however, and decided to enroll at Fork Union last August as a postgraduate. Harris hoped to gain admission to Tech in January, but that did not come to fruition.
“Due to an error in paperwork sent to admissions at Va Tech I have to enroll in June I can choose to open up recruitment or stay committed,” Harris tweeted on January 15.
Barring a change of heart, it appears Harris will be a Hokie…just a little later than he had hoped. At this point, it appears he is all set academically, but we will check in with the talented back for further confirmation on that. Presumably, he will sign another letter of intent with Tech on February 6.
Athletically, Harris’ knee appears to be back to full strength according to FUMA postgrad head coach John Shuman. A healthy Harris has the talent to compete for playing time at running back next season.
“I told the father and the kid we would not wear him out,” said Shuman, who typically alternates tailbacks every two plays during the season. “He got in there, got his reps. We got enough reps to him and we saw the powerful running ability without a problem.
“He has got extremely good talent.”