Virginia Tech enrolled seven scholarship players early in January, but running back Drew Harris was not one of them because of what he termed, “a paperwork error.” The mistake, he tweeted, meant he couldn’t enroll until June.
But our recruiting guru, Doug Doughty, spoke with Fork Union coach John Shuman yesterday and it sounds like there’s a chance his papers could still go through in time for him to enroll in January. There’s also a chance he could look elsewhere if they don’t.
Tech is involved with a second Fork Union player, running back Drew Harris from Exton, Pa., whose efforts to enroll for the second semester have reached the eleventh hour.
Fork Union coach John Shuman isn’t ruling out the possibility of a favorable ruling from the NCAA, despite reports that Harris can’t enroll till June.
“He increased his SATs, he got good grades here and now it’s a matter of waiting on the [NCAA] clearinghouse,” Shuman said. “We realize the deadline for admissions at Tech is next Monday. Academically and everything, he’s on track, especially out of Fork Union.
“It’s just come down to the reviewing of the paperwork. It’s done and it’s been submitted. I know the dad is not happy and he and the high school coach have called other schools.”
Shuman took a call from a University of Miami coach Tuesday, Rutgers called Wednesday and Temple came into the school to talk with Harris.
“If [the Harrises] want to open it up, that’s fine with us,” Shuman said. “By chance, if he’s not admitted by next Monday, they’re wondering, ‘What’s he going to do for the spring?’ “
Because he wasn’t cleared by the NCAA, Harris’ recruitment is technically open. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound, four-star running back is considered is one of the top prospects in the Hokies’ 2013 class. He’s the No. 6 ranked prep player and the No. 1 ranked prep running back by 247 Sports.