September 23, 2010

Hawkeyes hosting Harris

As Tyler Harris cut his list of schools from eleven, down to seven, and now to four, the Iowa Hawkeyes have surprised a few people by remaining in the hunt to land the Rivals 150 prospect. This weekend the 6-foot-7 forward from New York will be traveling to Iowa City with his father to get a closer look at the University of Iowa campus.

"We will be arriving on Friday morning in Iowa and then we will be leaving on Sunday morning," said Torrel Harris, Tyler's father.

The Harris family is no stranger to the recruiting game. Last year, Tyler's brother, Tobias, was one of the most highly recruited players in the country and eventually signed with Tennessee. This time around Tyler's list of schools that remain in contention to land the wing forward prospect include: Iowa, Providence, North Carolina State, and St. John's.

The Hawkeyes were schedule for a home visit earlier this week, but that was postponed by the family.

"Tyler was already going to miss two days of school because of the visit and he would have missed another one with the home visit. We didn't want him to miss another day of school," his father said.

Harris transferred schools this fall and is currently enrolled at St. Benedicts Academy where he will be coached by former Duke player and recent Indiana assistant Roshown McLeod.

Coach Fran McCaffery and Assistant Coach Andrew Francis were recruiting Harris while they were at Siena and have continued their pursuit since coming to Iowa this spring.

"They were recruiting Tyler when they were at Siena and we have built a very good relationship with Coach Francis," Harris said.

Earlier this month, Torrel Harris laid out the criteria that his son will be looking for in a school and the Hawkeyes certainly fit the bill when it comes to nearly every point.

"First, these schools took the time and evaluated Tyler all summer from King James, Peach Jam, Super Showcase to AAU Nationals. They know his strengths and weaknesses. They also know from all the love they been showing that he's going to be a very special player once he grows into his body and add more strength. Second, Tyler has a good relationship with the head coach and assistant coaches. Third, each school provides a great opportunity to play major minute his freshman year. Fourth, each school plays in a great conference. Fifth, all schools have good academic for his major, which is business," he said to Rivals.com affiliate NYCHoops.net.

In addition to the Iowa visit this weekend, Harris has official visits set to North Carolina State next weekend and then Providence on October 15th. Harris made an unofficial visit to St. John's in August and has had home visits with both NC State and Providence earlier this month.

Torrel Harris says that his son plans to make his college choice in early November.


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