Wednesday, November 4, 2009

AllKYHoops All Access: Tobias Harris Recruiting Journal

I had a great conversation with superstar 2010 big man Tobias Harris last night. Harris is a 6-8 power forward from Brookville, New York. He is considered the top-rated power forward in the class and is ranked as the #5 overall recruit on the Rivals150 List for 2010.

Rivals describes Harris simply as the, “best scoring four man in the class.”

ESPN states, “Harris had as good of a spring and summer as any player in the country.”

Tobias is one of the hottest targets on the recruiting market right now. His impressive final list of schools includes Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Syracuse and Maryland. He has stated publicly that his decision will be announced on Thursday, November 19.

I found in researching Harris that he is widely considered a superstar off the court, as well. Here are a few comments I picked up from a wide array of observers ranging from college coaches to well-respected recruiting analysts:

- “You won’t find a nicer kid than Tobias.”
- “Make contact with him. He is very approachable.”
- “Harris is just a great young man.”
- “He (Harris) is the kind of kid that every coach would want.”

I gave Tobias a call last night and it was refreshing to converse with such a nice, well-mannered kid. I feel that he is the type of recruit that young players around the country should strive to be and I expressed an interest to him in using his story as an example.

Tobias and I have decided to journal the last two weeks of his recruitment leading up to his big announcement. We had an in-depth conversation about his situation to this point and every day or so, Tobias will take us into the recruiting process from his point-of-view. He is going to allow the readers an opportunity to catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse of high-major college basketball recruiting through the eyes of a top 5 recruit.

The fact that high school stars are making a life-altering decision is often forgotten in the world of recruiting. Onlookers, particularly fans, have a tendency to focus on the teams and their futures without giving consideration to the recruits, which are normally 16-18 year-old kids. Tobias is going to give us a rare all-access pass to see what high-major recruiting is like on the other side of the process.

At this point, Tobias openly states, “I am still wide open and have no favorites.”

He has taken visits to Syracuse, Kentucky, Tennessee and Louisville. This coming weekend, he will visit West Virginia. After that, he will take a visit to Maryland and in two weeks, he will take his final visit to Georgia Tech.

In catching up, he gave me some quick thoughts on each visit to this point:

Syracuse: “Syracuse was a great time. Everything was nice. The facilities were great.”

Tennessee: “I really enjoyed hanging with the team. They were a great group of guys. I loved the family atmosphere there.”

Kentucky: “The visit went great. I went to Big Blue Madness, which was really fun. It was a great atmosphere.”

Louisville: “I had a great time with the guys. I was really able to bond with the guys and I got to know Coach P.”

I asked Tobias to give me his thoughts on the recruiting process in general, particularly as he inches closer to a final decision.

He explained, “It gets very tiring but it is necessary to find the best opportunity for me. I am looking for the school that will be the best for me.”

What will it be like when Tobias finally makes that decision and signs a Letter of Intent?

“I’ll be very happy and it’ll be great to be able to focus on other things.”

Tobias and I will be sharing the next 15 days of his story to give readers an idea of what the recruiting process is like and to illustrate that Tobias is just a good kid in general.

Follow on Twitter to receive the daily updates.



Anonymous said...

It would be great to have you in the new arena at the Ville.

You'll find a great family atmosphere and a warm fanbase.

BluegrassHoopster said...

Thanks for reading. We should have a nice update later tonight. Tobias is a great kid!

Blog Archive