Ranked as the number nine running back in his recruiting class back in 2012, UMass scored big when they landed Drew Harris. The Pennsylvania native attended ASA College last year in NY after some trouble with his high school transcript kept him from playing for Virginia Tech which is where he originally committed. His true breakout year was sophomore year when he took 306 carries for 2,010 yards scoring 30 touchdowns. As a junior in high school Harris was a bit more efficient and rushed for 1,960 yards on just 227 carries scoring 28 touchdowns. His senior year he went down with a knee injury early. After high school he attended Fork Union Military Academy even pushing his commitment back a year. Now his career at Virginia Tech is long gone and ended before it even started.
Last year was not a productive year for Harris, but it could have been worse. Playing in just five games for ASA, Harris rushed for a total of 119 yards on 29 carries averaging roughly 4.1 yards per carry. Still though, he has plenty of promise and it was only his freshman year regardless of whether or not he went to prep school before hand. Odds are like most freshman, he would have been a red shirt anyways so these stats are not too alarming.
This year if healthy, Harris should play a big role for the Minutemen. Is he still the 9th best member of his recruiting class from 2012? Probably not. Can he contribute to the team this year? Yes he can. Right now the biggest concern for Harris at UMass definitely is academic but as long as he can over come that he should be all set. There is only one way to be impressed by Harris and that is by watching him play. Here’s his highlight reel:
Harris will make an immediate impact on the Minutemen offense and would be a perfect third down back for the team this year. In total, he could definitely contribute roughly 300 yards this year. Despite all that has gone on in his past, he is here and ready to play football. He is quick. In high school he ran a 4.64 which just about says it all. The coaches will be happy with Harris as long as they feed him the rock on a consistent basis.