One of the top junior college prospects in the 2013 class is offensive tackle Desmond Harrison (San Pablo, Calif./Contra Costa College). At 6-foot-7 and 305-pounds with long arms, quick feet and ideal knee bend, the late bloomer has become one of the most highly sought prospects in the country.
Iowa State, Oklahoma, Arizona State, Texas, Ole Miss and USC all are schools Desmond Harrison is considering.
Having been offered by nearly 30 programs from coast-to-coast, trimming a list to workable number can sometimes be the biggest obstacle. According to Contra Costa head coach Alonzo Carter, his star recruit has indeed cut his list.
“Desmond has cut his list to seven schools,” Carter said Wednesday. “He’s still looking at Iowa State, Arizona State, N.C. State, Texas, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and USC.”
With one official visit in the rearview mirror, NC State for the Wolfpack’s big win over Florida State, picking four final visits out of the remaining six programs is next on the agenda.
“He’s got to decide between Iowa State and Oklahoma,” Carter said. “Iowa State is set for Nov. 23 and Oklahoma Nov. 24. Then he’s got Arizona State Nov. 30 and Texas Dec. 7 for sure. His final visit will be USC (Dec. 14) or Ole Miss. Ole Miss was out here recently and he liked what he heard from them.”
Harrison, who spent time as a youngster in both Texas and North Carolina, appears partial to the programs close to those areas.
“N.C. State is one he likes,” Carter said. “It’s home to him and his mom lives there. Also growing up in Texas, he is intrigued by Texas and Oklahoma. I would also throw in Texas Tech too, as they were one of his first offers. He’s visiting Arizona State with his teammate and best friend Demetrius Cherry, and they have talked about going to the same school. USC is another school that he has always talked about.”
Harrison’s rise has come after battling back from a broken foot in the spring and work to get in the best shape of his career.
“Desmond is playing really well,” Carter said. “He missed the first couple of games after breaking his foot in the spring, but he’s in great shape and is down to 305 pounds. Like he says, he is “chiseled” right now.” He said.
Harrison briefly attended Marshall High School in the Houston area before finishing at Oak Ridge Military Academy in North Carolina.
The four-star Harrison is currently ranked No. 7 overall junior college prospect and the No. 1 junior college offensive tackle by 247Sports.