Ohio State fans shouldn’t expect an immediate commitment from St. Joseph’s (Philadelphia) 4-star 2021 wide receiver Marvin Harrison, Jr. despite another home run visit to Columbus. But, don’t expect a worldwide tour of colleges for the sixth-ranked sophomore wideout either.
“I’m not a person that’s going to go to ten different places and take those visits when I know I probably won’t go to that school,” Harrison told Lettermen Row about his recruitment following a three-day trip to Ohio State over the weekend. “I’ve seen everything I’ve really needed to see at Ohio State.
“I’ll probably make an actual game next season, but that’s about it. I love the school.”
It’s impossible to interpret that as anything but positive news when it comes to the Buckeyes pursuit of the 6-foot-4, 185-pound Harrison. He’s not shy about his feelings for Ohio State but does admit that one other school has the potential to play the fly in the proverbial ointment.
“One visit that I do have in mind is a Clemson visit, I talked to the coaches there and they said they were going to offer in the summer, so after that, I might take a visit or two there. Other than them, I don’t really have any other schools in mind as far as visiting.”
So, reading between the very easily discerned lines, it appears a two-team race is developing for Harrison. Right now he says the Buckeyes have the edge, but that’s expected since he’s not been to Clemson yet.
“This trip was kind of less about the football part,” Harrison said detailing his visit, the second multi-day trip in two months. “Obviously I went to practice and the spring game, but more importantly I got to see what I will be getting myself into if I were to go there. I got to see some of the dorms and apartments the players stay in and what a normal day would be like during football season and school.
“The most important take away is after that visit, I know exactly what I’m getting myself into at Ohio state, and that’s important.”
What’s also important to Harrison, and perhaps most important, is the relationship he’s built with second-year receivers coach Brian Hartline.
“Coach Hartline is not only a great coach but a great person, as is everyone at Ohio State. They’re such great people to be around, it’s really amazing,” Harrison said. “But coach Hartline is special.
“I got to know his family a little bit over the visits and they’re great people. He coaches me as if I’m one of his players already. We talked about some routes he saw me run at The Opening regional last week and he just coached me through some of those. What I did good and what I could have done better, etc. It’s just amazing that we have that relationship already. It’s something that I don’t think I’ll get anywhere else.”
Something else Harrison likely won’t get anywhere else is the chance to run into a player like Michael Thomas. The former Ohio State receiver, now regarded as one of the best wideouts in the NFL, was in town for the Buckeyes spring game and spent time with Harrison.
“That was amazing, I look up to him so much, I watch all his highlights, read his articles, keep track of his stats. You can ask any of my friends they know he’s my favorite player,” Harrison gushed. “Having the chance to meet him was just an unbelievable experience. He’s a great person and he told he liked my game, to keep working, to stay hungry because the sky is the limit.
“We played the little basketball pop-a-shot game — he beat me 2-1, sadly — and it was really just an unbelievable experience, a moment I’ll never forget.”