Harris ready for official visit

Nigel Harris

Wake Forest is bringing in some January visitors prior to National Signing Day. A good on to keep a watchful eye on is Nigel Harris, a linebacker from Hillsborough High School in the Tampa area. Plucking players from the Sunshine State has been a staff specialty in the Jim Grobe era. DeaconSports.com spoke with Harris on Wake Forest and how he performed in his senior season.

"What I like about Wake Forest is they're recruiting me super hard," said Nigel Harris. They're always on me, non-stop. I get Facebook messages from them all the time telling me how bad they want me. While I don't know a whole lot about the school yet, I really appreciate their strong interest in me. I know it's a team with a lot of young players. I think in the future they'll be a team to be reckoned with."

Harris has two official visits set, but is in the process of setting up a third with the University of Pittsburgh.

"I'm going to USF on January 11th," Harris said. "I've been up there a bunch of times so I'm just going to get an inside look. I got to meet the new coach, Willie Taggart, but I'd like to get to know him a little bit better. Then I'm going to Wake Forest on January 18th. With Pitt, I'm not sure yet. I want to take a visit but with Coach Huxtable leaving for N.C. State things have been jumbled as far as the info."

Once Harris has finished his trips to campus, he said it will likely not take him long to make his final decision.

"It's getting close to signing day so those are my top three schools," Harris stated. "A lot will be determined on the visit. I'm going to see if it's a place a want to be and a good environment for me for the next four years. I've been thinking about holding off [a decision] until signing day, but if I feel it then I'll just go ahead and make the call."

Harris, 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, had a great year for the Hillsborough Terriers in his third season as a starter. He lead the team in tackles with 117 at the inside linebacker position in a 3-4 defense. More impressively, he stayed in at running back and racked up 726 yards and 15 touchdowns with a 7.98 yard-per-carry average on the 11 game season. Harris stayed in on special teams, but to punt and he did well averaging 36.25 yards-per-punt. He was named first team All-State (Florida 6A) at linebacker, and All-County at running back in 2012. He is being recruited by Wake Forest's Tim Duffie to play outside linebacker.

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