March 13, 2012
Jordan Harris visits NC State
NC State hosted a junior day on March 3 and one of the largest attendees was Jordan Harris, a 6-foot-5, 330-pound offensive lineman out of Hampton (Ga.) Dutchtown High.
"It was pretty cool," he said. "We saw the weight room, went around the facility, spoke to the coaches - it was basically a tour and a chance to talk to coaches. We also saw the highlight tape and the academic part."
Defensive backs coach Mike Reed is in charge of Harris' recruitment for the Wolfpack, although he was unsure what position NC State liked him at.
"It was about a year ago and he came by my school," Harris remembered of his first meeting with Reed. "He's a cool guy and gave me a lot of good information. His presence makes me think about NC State a little bit more and I became interested in them."
Harris is still looking for his first tender but is hearing from a few schools, including Florida State, Georgia, Auburn, South Florida, Mississippi State and NC State. The big man noted that he has also seen Georgia and Florida State; and he ranked those trips ahead of his recent visit to Raleigh. A few more unofficial trips are on the docket, as well.
"I'll be going to South Florida in late April," he said. "I think I'll be at Mississippi State in a couple of weeks, too, and I want to visit Auburn. I really don't know, though, if it comes, it comes. My main target is Georgia, but I'll keep my options open."
Harris remains relatively opened, but mentioned Florida State, Georgia and Auburn as schools that have caught his eye at this point in the process. He thinks USF is closest to offering and also mentioned that Georgia could be close to extending a verbal tender.
In addition to football, the Dutchtown standout also plays basketball. He did not play this winter because he was concentrating on his academics, but he plans on making a return to the hardwood next year.
"I play power forward and center, but I consider myself as a small forward," he said. "I didn't play this year because I had to work on my grades, but I played the previous year and I'll play my senior year. They went to the first round of the playoffs this year and lost."
Although Harris said that some of his other visits may have been more impressive than his tour with the Pack, he texted The Wolfpacker after his phone interview to reiterate that he is very much interested in NC State.
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