January 26, 2009

Harrison's reputation heating up

Dallas Hillcrest High School wide receiver Michael Harrison has spent two of his last three weeks on the road visiting Mountain West Conference rivals Wyoming and Colorado State. Harrison said he was in Laramie two weeks ago before traveling to Fort Collins last weekend.

While Wyoming and Colorado State are two of the strongest suitors for Harrison, Rivals.com national recruiting editor Jeremy Crabtree said Monday night that Harrison is about to hear from BCS schools Arizona as well as Kansas State.

Harrison accounted for nearly 1,500 all-purpose yards this season, including his kick return yardage. Hillcrest ended its season in the second round of the playoffs. The 6-2, 196-pound played quarterback and receiver last season, managing 1,100 all-purpose yards. This season he was primarily a wideout and said his ability to get off the ball greatly improved.

Harrison's trip to Wyoming two weeks ago featured a visit to meet new Cowboy Coach Dave Christiansen, who impressed Harrison.

"It was a good place," Harrison said. "It was a little town in Wyoming. It was a good place, it was good people. I just liked the people and facilities and all that. He (Coach Christiansen) was a good person. I liked him and he wants to run a spread offense."

"I am really interested in them," Harrison said.

Last weekend Harrison was in Fort Collins to check out the Colorado State Rams and his assessment of CSU was similar to that of their neighbors in Laramie.

"It was a good school, good facility, good people. I liked it," Harrison said. "I just like the people and the players that spent time with me up there. The coaches seemed like good people."

Harrison added that he was hosted by Blake Swain on his visit and enjoyed himself there two. His recruiting contact for Colorado State has been CSU assistant coach Tim Duffie.

"They told me they throw the ball a lot up there and force people to defend them. It was a good formula," Harrison said about the CSU offense.

Right now Harrison doesn't have a preference between the the two schools and isn't sure when he is going to decide. He added UTEP is also making a bid for his services. He said he wouldn't mind staying close to home and Texas, but added location isn't a dealbreaker.

"I have to get away from home one day," he said.

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