Harris trip to Rocky Top better than expected

Recruiting Analyst InsideTennessee
Posted Oct 11, 2009


Five star power forward Tobias Harris expected his official visit to Tennessee to be good, he didn’t expect it to be as great as it turned out to be. The No. 2 overall Power Forward in the country by Scout.com and a 5 star prospect spoke to InsideTennessee.com as he waited to board an airplane home. Go "Inside" this FREE READ for the latest on Harris' visit to Rocky Top.

Five star power forward Tobias Harris expected his official visit to Tennessee to be good, he didn’t expect it to be as great as it turned out to be.

The No. 2 overall Power Forward in the country by Scout.com and a 5 star prospect spoke to InsideTennessee.com as he waited to board an airplane home.

“It went really well,” Harris said. “I was very impressed with the entire trip.”

Harris said that Tennessee has always been one of his top schools and with this weekend’s visit, things only improved.

“They are definitely up there,” Harris said. “Coach Pearl is great, he knows my time frame, and they didn’t press me for a commitment or anything.”

Harris plans on making his decision in November, he plans on other trips to Kentucky, Louisville, Georgia Tech and West Virginia.

“I was impressed with the coaching staff and how close the team is with one another,” Harris said. “I had a great visit, I expected it to be good, and I didn’t expect it to be as great as it ended up being.”

Harris, a 6-foot-9 wing forward from Half Hollows Hills West High School in Dix Hills, New York, completed his second official visit.

According to Tobias' dad, Torrel, the visit to the SEC program went well and included a surprise meeting.

"We met Bernard King who was staying at our hotel," Mr. Harris told the Scout.com New York Prep Site. "Bernard was attending a conference and we had the opportunity to speak with him about a lot of things."

Harris, considered among the best players in the 2010 class, has already taken a trip to Syracuse. He has discussed taking several more visits before choosing a school.

But, this weekend, Tennessee was on his mind. "It was great speaking with one of the greatest forwards who played the game," said Mr. Harris, speaking about King, the former great NBA player and Tennessee Alum.

Harris also had a chance to meet the players and spend time with important members of the school.

"We met with academic dean of business who talked with us about the business school requirements," said Mr. Harris. "We also toured the school and watched Tennessee football team beat Georgia."

The younger Harris was truly impressed with the Volunteer fan base.

“It was crazy,” Harris said. “I really enjoyed the football game and the game day atmosphere was amazing. It was a great win for their program.”



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