Five-star running back Damien Harris is one of the most highly-recruited prospects in the country, boasting offers from schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
This Saturday, he’ll be in Columbus to watch Urban Meyer and the No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Virginia Tech Hokies. The prime-time matchup will bring a number of other elite recruits to Ohio State, including fellow 5-stars Josh Sweat and Kevin Toliver II.
Harris—the No. 1-ranked running back in the country and Ohio State’s top remaining target—will be on the receiving end of Meyer’s strongest recruiting pitch this weekend.
What will that look like?
Building the Relationship
This time last year, Harris was a month removed from announcing his verbal commitment to Brady Hoke and Michigan. Then-Wolverines offensive coordinator Al Borges had built a strong relationship with the speedy running back from Berea, Kentucky, which was instrumental in landing his pledge.
That’s why it wasn’t surprising when Harris decommitted from Michigan when Borges was fired last January.
It’s clear that Harris wants a strong connection with his future coaching staff. According to Ari Wasserman of The Plain Dealer, Harris has a great relationship and respect for Meyer:
It’s still kind of cool the way things go with Coach Meyer. As a kid growing up, I’d see him on TV and I was like, ‘Man, he’s the man.’ And now I get to be…