Damien Harris is officially down to three schools and he’s taking lots of questions about the final stretch of his recruitment while down at the Under Armour All-America game this week.
Rivals.com caught up with Damien during media day down in St. Petersburg to ask what stands out about his three finalists and how close he is to making a final decision.
Regarding the University of Kentucky, Harris said proximity to home, his relationship with the staff and being the face of change are key factors:
It’s close. It’s fifteen minutes from my house. It’s where I’ve grown up. I’m extremely, extremely close and comfortable with the coaching staff there, probably more so than any other staff out there.
What they’ve been telling me is that I can come in and be one of the key players to turn the program around, start influencing more recruits, and start turning it into a winning tradition. Who wouldn’t want to see their hometown, their home state, do well? So that’s just something they’ve been pitching to me.
If Kentucky isn’t his landing spot when he decides next week, it won’t be because of a lack of pressure around the state. He’s feeling it from all directions, he says:
A lot. It’s everywhere. From my friends, my teachers at school, administration: they’re all Kentucky fans. But I have to do what’s best for me and my family so I can’t take it into consideration that much so I have to do what’s best for me.
When asked if he has any idea where he’ll end up, Harris told Mike Farrell he is taking everything into consideration and he doesn’t have a decision in mind. “They’re all great schools and it’ s a tough decision,” he said.
Yeah, but Kentucky. Come on.