September 19, 2006

Recruiting notebook

Shariff Harris did not need many opportunities to put up huge numbers and run all over Memorial (N.J.) this past weekend. Harris, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound running back/athlete from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep, finished with 165 yards and four touchdowns on just eight carries in the 71-6 victory.

Maryland might be the school to beat for Harris' services, but UConn, Boston College, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia and others are involved. Harris began his high school career at Bayonne (N.J.) Marist and he gained 1,000 rushing yards in his freshman season and he also eclipsed the 1,000 mark in his sophomore year.

Harris decided he could best further his football career at St. Peter's, so he decided to transfer in as a junior. It has been a choice he has not regretted. With Will Thompson and Will Hill and a host of other talented players at St. Peter's, Harris might not be the marquee name in recruiting circles. But Harris is proving he deserves a good deal of attention.

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