Rutgers football is in the midst of another busy weekend hosting many recruits on their official visits (some of which went to MSG for the basketball game) and they continue adding talent to the program. Drew Harris, a quarterback from Camden, announced his pledge to the program today.
Committed to play football and further my academic career at Rutgers University! Please respect my decision. ⚔️#ChopNation pic.twitter.com/VrXShV05ll— Drew Harris (@DrewHarris02) January 28, 2017
Harris led Camden to a birth in the South, Group 3 playoffs where they fell to Wall Township. Despite questions about his size (he seems shorter than his listed 6’2) and throwing motion, Harris indicated in an article by Todderick Hunt new Rutgers offensive coordinator Jerry Kill is recruiting him as a quarterback not an athlete or wide receiver. This could also explain why the Knights offered and received a commitment from Wayne Hills star Brandon Devera as an H-back earlier this week rather than a signal caller.
Rutgers didn’t offer a full scholarship to the in-state dual threat, but neither did any other FBS school despite interest from Pitt, Syracuse, Temple, and Umass as per 247 Sports. Harris had offers from FCS school Delaware State and Sacred Heart where he visited last week, but he decided to stay home and accept a preferred walk-on opportunity at Rutgers. Quarterback is tough because most schools only offer one scholarship per year for players at the position, the Knights have already secured a verbal commitment from St. Peter’s star Johnathan Lewis. Occasionally despite a strong senior season, players like Gio Rescigno end up having to find a school with a vacancy at the last minute.
The 6’2”, 185 pound athlete is not a highly rated recruit, but Harris is speedy and the type of player that Rutgers hopes could emerge as the long term answer in their spread offense under Kill. Watching his film, immediately I thought of Houston’s Greg Ward. The quick feet, quick release, and smooth running style are reminiscent of the Cougars dual threat. His throwing velocity is average at minimum despite a very simple, low angled throwing motion. He sure gets rid of the ball quick though when he decides to throw and explodes quickly when he decides to run. It will be interesting to see if the staff decides to alter his technique or let him ride what got him here.
To see an updated list of the current class, click here. National signing day is just 4 days away on February 1st.
Welcome to Rutgers Drew! Here are his senior year highlights.