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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Juco OT Harrison closing in on decision

By Max Olson

Desmond Harrison has taken all of his official visits. He’s done all but one of his in-home visits. The checklist is almost complete. All that’s left is to make a decision.

The three-star Contra Costa (Calif.) College offensive tackle hosted coaches from Texas and Arizona State last week and USC is expected to make one in the near future, though Harrison doesn’t know when.

After that, the 6-foot-8, 310-pound lineman will sit down with his mother, sort out his options and make his choice.

“I’d say that’s getting easier,” Harrison said. “I’ve seen everything I really need to see. Now I’m just getting a feel for each one. I’m getting ready and pretty excited.”

Harrison hosted Texas coaches Mack Brown, Stacy Searels and Bo Davis last week at his home in Greensboro, N.C., and was glad they made the trip.

“It was nice. My mom, she really liked Mack Brown a lot,” Harrison said. “She just liked how he was so up-front and forward. They said I can come in there and be able to help them.”

Brown did have one advantage in his favor on the visit: Prior to taking over Texas, he was the head coach an hour away from Greensboro at North Carolina. That familiarity made an impression on Harrison’s mother, as did his sales pitch about playing for the Longhorns.

“He was basically all about me getting my degree and how important that is to them, and that I can have fun doing it too,” Harrison said. “My mom really liked that.”

Following that visit, his mother was perfectly fine with sending her son off to Texas this summer if that's where he choose to be.

That didn't surprise Harrison, of course, because he grew up in the Houston area and still has family there, but his mother's approval is a significant factor in the juco lineman's decision.

"She's excited by Texas," he said, "but she's open to me going anywhere, really."

Harrison said the visit his family received from the Sun Devils staff went just as well.

The fact his friend and roommate, Demetrius Cherry has committed to Arizona State is a big draw, but that's not the only thing he likes about the program.

"Arizona State, that’s a good family right there," he said. "I love coach [Todd] Graham and coach [Bob] Connelly. I could come there and play and be able to play with my boy and join a program on a rise. They’re not down, but I can help them accomplish some things."

In his opinion, no in-home visit went better than the rest. Oklahoma sent its staff to Greensboro earlier, and whether or not the USC visit pans out, though, Harrison’s decision is coming soon.

He said he'd like to make his announcement in about two weeks, right after he returns to Contra Costa for his final semester of school. He's a May graduate who will have three years to play two seasons in college.