Virginia Tech’s second practice of the spring Friday featured a number of notable visitors, starting with running back recruit Drew Harris, who will join the Hokies this summer after graduating from high school in Downingtown, Pa.
Harris was in town for an official physical, but his presence didn’t go unnoticed with the battle to be David Wilson’s replacement in the backfield just beginning. Even now without the benefit of a college weightlifting program, Harris is much bigger than both Michael Holmes and J.C. Coleman, the two backs competing for the starting job this spring.
Harris said Friday he weighs 210 pounds, but that’s “actually small” for him. He hopes to add at least 10 pounds to his frame before making his debut on campus in July.
“You see the opportunities that are out here. It’s a good feeling,” he said when asked about Virginia Tech’s running back situation.
The big question with Harris, a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com, is whether he would be forced to take a redshirt next year as a result of a knee injury he suffered at the end of his high school football season in the fall. Harris said Friday his knee is improving and he has “no plans on redshirting, but whatever God has planned.”
Harris picked Virginia Tech over scholarship offers from Miami, West Virginia and South Carolina, among others, partly because of his fondness for Michael Vick. But he also liked “the aura” and “family atmosphere” in Blacksburg.
As for what he will bring to the table, Harris was quick to point out that his size doesn’t limit his abilities
“I like to model my game after Adrian Peterson,” he said. “I wouldn’t consider myself a straight power back. I feel like if you’re a power back, you’re pretty limited. I don’t think I’m limited.”
While Harris has already committed to join Virginia Tech, there were several high profile 2013 recruits in attendance Friday that should excite Hokies fans.
All-Met cornerback Kendall Fuller (Good Counsel), the younger brother of junior Kyle Fuller and wide receiver Corey Fuller, roamed the sidelines along with quarterback Bucky Hodges of Virginia Beach and offensive lineman Braxton Pfaff from Lynchburg. Rivals.com considers both Kendall Fuller and Hodges to be amongst the top 250 prospects in the country for the 2013 recruiting class.
On an unrelated note, if you’re a fan of helmets, the Hokies debuted a new camouflage helmet that will be worn against Bowling Green on Sep. 22 as part of military day at Lane Stadium. Here's a grainy photo of the helmet that I took on my cellphone.