NCF On The Trail: Monte Harrison

B1G high school performers 

October, 14, 2013
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Here are this week's top performances from Big Ten commits and targets:

Illinois

Mike Dudek: Seven receptions, 97 yards, one touchdown, 103 kick return yards and a touchdown in a 40-25 win over Waubonise Valley.

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B1G high school performers 

September, 2, 2013
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With the start of high school football this past weekend, there were plenty of big performances on the field. Big Ten recruiting writers Tom VanHaaren and Brad Bournival outline a few top performers from Big Ten commitments over the weekend.

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Nebraska picked up a commitment from Monte Harrison (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit West) on Thursday, and it meant more than just getting a solid football player. The Huskers nabbed a solid athlete.

In addition to being a four-star receiver and the No. 5 football player in Missouri, Harrison is an equally talented -- if not better -- baseball player. He committed to the Huskers to play football, and he said playing college baseball is in his plans as well.

“It feels good. I’m glad to get it over it and focus on both sports,” Harrison said of his commitment. “I was just feeling everything [about Nebraska]. I was talking to my mom, and she said it was cool.”

Harrison, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound athlete with 4.48 speed in the 40-yard dash, was recruited to Nebraska by offensive line/tight ends coach John Garrison. He chose Nebraska over offers from Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Michigan State and others. Harrison visited Lincoln, Neb., in April for the Cornhuskers’ annual Red-White game.

Whether or not Harrison will wear the Nebraska colors, however, is still to be determined. Harrison is one of the top outfielders in Missouri, and he’s open to looking at a professional baseball career depending on how he fares in next June's MLB draft.

One thing’s for certain: Nebraska was an easy choice because the football and baseball coaches are willing to work with his schedule.

“The day when baseball coaches could first call, Nebraska was one of only three coaches to do it,” Harrison said. “I like both coaching staffs, and the atmosphere there is nice. At the same time, they were really focused on asking recruits questions. Talking to the coaches, I knew that’s where I wanted to go.”

As a wide receiver, Harrison is ranked No. 49 nationally.
Four-star wide receiver Monte Harrison (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit West) became the latest to hit the recruiting trifecta on Tuesday.

Harrison started the morning with an offer from Iowa. Minutes later, he was offered by Tulsa. Later in the afternoon, Harrison added Kentucky to his list. Kentucky is his third SEC offer, joining Arkansas and Missouri.

Prior to Tuesday, Harrison described his recruiting process as “pretty quiet.”


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Mizzou junior day next for Harrison 

February, 25, 2013
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Wide receiver Monte Harrison (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit West) has either offers or high interest in three sports. While he’s equally talented in basketball and football, Harrison’s athletic ticket to college might be on the football field.


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RB Caldwell talks K-State junior day 

February, 17, 2013
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Running back Josh Caldwell (Lee’s Summit, Mo. Lee’s Summit North) has a couple of objectives before the start of his senior season. Land a college scholarship or two. Break a school record. Lead his team to a winning season and, potentially, a postseason run.

Caldwell was one of several players who visited Manhattan, Kan., over the weekend, as he took in the Kansas State junior day. It was the first junior day for the 5-foot-10, 196-pound running back.


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Monte Harrison (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit West) opened the season with a four-reception, 119-yard, two-touchdown performance against defending Missouri Class 5 champion Kansas City Staley. Since then, he has emerged as the team’s top receiving option and a reliable punt and kickoff return man.

Missouri was one of the schools to take notice of the 2014 receiver, and the Tigers recently became the first team to extend a football scholarship offer. A 6-foot-3, 185-pound, three-sport standout, Harrison added the Missouri football offer to his offers from Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas to play baseball. Harrison is a star center fielder in the spring.

“It felt really good to get that off my chest,” Harrison said of the football offer. “Now, I can just go out, play football and do what I’ve been doing.”

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If nothing else, 2014 wide receiver Monte Harrison (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit West) made his first varsity football start count.

In front of a national TV audience on ESPN, Harrison caught four passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns in Lee’s Summit West’s 23-0 shutout victory Saturday against defending Missouri Class 5 state champion Kansas City Staley. LSW and Staley competed in an epic, four-overtime state semifinal last year that Staley won 76-70.

Harrison set the tone with an 11-yard, catch-and-run touchdown reception in the first quarter, and he was equally impressive throughout the first half. Similar performances could cause a spike in his football recruiting process. He currently has interest from Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Oklahoma. Harrison attended a one-day camp at Missouri over the summer.

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