Harris confirms commitment

Kirk Harris, a 6-foot-5, 278-pound offensive lineman from Blue Valley High School in Stilwell, Kan., confirmed a report that he has committed to Indiana for the Class of 2011. He committed Thursday after visiting Bloomington for spring practice the last two days.

“I flew up there Tuesday morning,” Harris said. “We took a tour of the facility. It was amazing, I loved it. The staff was great. I love coach Mo (Moriarity) and coach Kyle (Conner). They’re really great guys. They know how to coach me. Coach (Bill) Lynch had a great vibe about him. He has great ideas. I think he’s going to lead the program in the right direction and I want to be a part of it.”

Harris had yet to receive a scholarship offer, but said he had attended several junior days at Big 12 schools including Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State and Nebraska. He said he was also receiving interest from Texas A&M among others.

He was so sure about Indiana after he took his visit, however, that he saw no need to wait for more offers.

“The people stood out,” he said. “They were all really nice. It’s like everyone up there is like family. They’ve got each other’s back. That was the special part about it.”


  1. Rivals has him a borderline 4 star kid for what it’s worth. I know some folks put a lot into that. He played in the top division in Kansas and carries a 3.85 GPA. I think I also read he’s a two time All-State. He would have for sure gotten a Kansas and Kansas State offer. Probably Oklahoma State as well, so nice early grab for the Hoosiers coaching staff. Kid has size and range, is smart, good on his feet, and has great character. He will need to build his size and strength up but he looks like a solid prospect.

  2. Actually, Rivals hasn’t rated him. The only rating given is the one that anyone can add to. If you’d like, you can rate him a 5 star and pump up the rating a little more.

    Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. Here’s mine…same guy we get every year – no offers. He’ll likely end up a low 3-star on Rivals and get some late offers as teams try to fill up their classes with Plan B or C guys. This isn’t a state with much talent (less than Indiana last year, according to Rivals), so I doubt he’s just slipped through the cracks because of the huge numbers of D1 recruits.

    Bottom line – probably a good recruit for us, but not likely a significant upgrade.

  3. Yeah, Rival’s ratings are soooo accurate! Jerimy Finch – 4 Star recruit. Tracy Porter – 2 Star recruit. Harris is a nice pick up this early in the year…with his size, mobility, and speed, he has the potential to be another Roger Saffold (or better).

  4. Welcome Aboard Kirk. You will love it here.

    Nothing beats Bloomington in the fall.

  5. Whether he is a three or four star is yet to be seen, but getting early commitments from players you want is good for the program.

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