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Monday, December 10, 2012
OT Harrison feels at home on Texas visit

By Max Olson

For a weekend, Desmond Harrison was glad to be home.

Sure, the Contra Costa (Calif.) College offensive tackle played his high school ball in North Carolina, but his roots in the state of Texas remain strong from his growing up in the Houston area.

Harrison leaned on those Houston ties during his official visit to Texas. The 6-foot-8, 310-pound lineman tagged along with Desmond Jackson, Kennedy Estelle and Paul Boyette Jr. -- three Longhorns lineman who also grew up in the area -- during his campus visit on Friday and Saturday.

“I really felt at home with them by being around guys from the Houston area,” Harrison said. “They told me [Texas] would be a good place for me.”

“I enjoyed myself. I really liked what I saw. We had fun down there and I enjoyed the coaching staff. I was really excited to be back.”

Harrison has been looking forward to this visit since Texas first offered in October. He enjoyed getting to meet 10 of Texas’ verbal commits and catching up with offensive line coach Stacy Searels.

The pitch that Searels and coach Mack Brown had for Harrison was rather straightforward: They want him to come in and win the starting job at left tackle.

“Coach Searels is a good guy,” he said. “He just wants his players to be successful, and he’s got a good history with offensive linemen. It’s a good situation.”

Harrison said he was never tempted to commit to Texas during his time in Austin, but he did come away impressed. He’s looking forward to going home to North Carolina during winter break and weighing the pros and cons of all the schools he’s considering.

Texas proved to have more than a few positives during Harrison’s official visit.

“The pros are me being able to be back in Texas, playing with some Texas guys and being able to be play for UT and that history,” Harrison said. “And academically, yeah, it’s real good.”

Though Harrison said he could see himself playing for the Longhorns, he has felt that way about every school he has visited. This was his fourth official visit, following trips to NC State, Oklahoma and Arizona State. He said no one visit so far has been exceedingly better than the rest.

Next up is one final official visit next weekend. He has decided he’s going to USC, turning down trips to Alabama and Texas Tech.

“I’m just excited to see what it’s like down there and see the school and players,” he said. “I know it’s like an offensive tackle factory.”