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Harris Taking Patient Approach
Damien Harris attended Monday's Best of the Midwest and showed of his famous foot speed, clocking 40s in the mid 4.3s depending on which stopwatch you looked at. Running forties is something he wants to do quickly, but making a college decision again is not. After committing to Michigan and then re-opening his recruitment, having to decide and decommit again is not a road he wants to go down. "I'll probably wait until National Signing Day," he said. "I already rushed my decision once, came back on it, so I'm thinking why make my decision any sooner than I have to, so I'll probably wait until then." The Wolverines are one of the schools he will visit in the near future. The other school is Alabama, his most recent offer. "I'm going up to Michigan on the 23rd of this month then I'm taking a visit to Alabama on March 1st but after that I don't really know. I haven't made any plans for spring or who I'm going to check out for spring ball. I'll probably do that soon." Harris' last two visits were at Kentucky and Ohio State. The Wildcats' success on the recruiting trail has caught his attention. "I really like it there feel like doing right things to turn around the program. They're making these big renovations on the foundation of the program. They're bringing in great recruits, great players. They have an unbelievable staff. I feel like they're doing things the right way." He added, "Like Coach Stoops said when he first got there, he said 'just give me a chance to show you we have things to offer you just like these other schools do.' That's what I'm trying to do, give them a chance and I like it up there. They do have a shot and I'll just see where things go from there." At Ohio State, the Buckeyes spoke to him about more than just football and that was well-noted by the blue-chip recruit. "It went pretty well. I got to spend a lot of time with Coach Meyer and the running backs coach Coach Drayton. I sat down and watched film with them. They told me how I'd make an impact with them. They told me how they would develop me as a person not just as a player. Football will always end some day and they tried to push that they had a plan for me after football whether it ends in college or I play a couple years in the pros, there are always options for me and it's always great to talk to Coach Meyer. He's a great coach." This weekend's Michigan trip will give Harris an opportunity to further his relationship with Doug Nussmeier, the Wolverines' new offensive coordinator. "I'm trying to build a relationship with him like I did with Coach Borges. It's hard going to a school without the person that recruited you and that went into my thought process when I decided to open my options back up. He came and did the same thing as Coach Stoops, he said just give me a chance and that's what I'm trying to do. He said we can start to form a relationship, just keep in touch with me and that's what I'm trying to do, try to make a close relationships and get to know him as much as possible." Those relationships he is building will go a long way in Harris' final decision, because even though that day is likely a long way off, he knows what he is looking for as he takes these visits and talks to the various staffs recruiting him. "[I want] that family feel that you get from a coaching staff and university to walk in and feel like family and they all genuinely care for you. It's all a business but you still have to have that family feel in there. I'll look for coaches who try to develop me as a person as much as a player, who genuinely push academics. Some schools say they push academics but they really don't. I'm really looking for a school that can give you a family feel and have a passion and intensity for coaching and developing you as a person."
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