Victor Harris Comments on His Decision

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Earlier today, Highland Springs’ Victor Harris , the multitalented defensive back/running back rated as a five-star recruit and the number one player in the state, announced his verbal to Virginia Tech. When you’re a highly rated player like Harris, the recruiting process can get to be a grind, and it’s good to get it over with.

“It feels good, it’s a relief,” Harris admitted after his announcement.

His choice came down to the Hokies over Michigan, Southern Cal, and Virginia. What set the Hokies apart? “I just followed my heart, to tell you the truth. I just followed my heart,” Harris said. “That’s how I came to my decision. I made that decision probably a week and a half ago. I was going to make the decision last Tuesday, but something happened, so I had to extend it. It came up about a week and a half ago, that’s when I made the decision.”

Who ended up second in the race? “Michigan. I just kind of had a good feeling about them, too.”

Eventually, familiarity and comfort level with the Hokies pulled them ahead of the Wolverines. “It’s been three years in a row now that I went to camp (at VT), and I got a feeling that they were real and down to earth. They were keeping it simple and telling me how it was. And that never changed, since then. That was a plus, and I knew they were real from the get-go.”

The relative proximity of VT helped as well. “It was kind of close to home, so people that support me could come to the games. And they had what I need to reach my personal goals.”

Recruits make lists, confer with parents and coaches, and use all kinds of methods to make their decisions. “I got down on my hands and knees and I prayed,” Harris said of his process. “I talked with my coaches and my family, and that’s how I came to my decision.”

Harris had long been rumored to be a VT lean, and earlier in the day, he addressed the perceived “pipeline of players” running from Highland Springs to Virginia Tech. In recent years, the Springers have sent DE Jim Davis , DE Noland Burchette , and tight end Maurice Reevey (by way of Fork Union) to Virginia Tech. In an ESPN.com chat with Tom Lemming

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