Four-star recruit Monte Harrison picked NU on July 4 after being heralded as the Huskers' top wide receiver target.
Harrison, a 6-foot-3 200-pounder out of Lee’s Summit (Mo.) West High School — a suburb of Kansas City — picked NU over a host of schools, including Arkansas, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Kentucky.
A three-sport star, whose athleticism and skill set rivals that of 2011 Husker recruit Bubba Starling, Harrison will likely be drafted out of high school by a Major League Baseball team, like Starling. If Harrison picks college, he’s said before he intends to play baseball for Husker coach Darin Erstad. Harrison called Erstad and NU wide receivers coach Rich Fisher to become the 11th commit.
“I just felt like (Nebraska) was for me,” Harrison said by text message to The World-Herald. He’s a center fielder who batted .457 with six home runs and 33 RBIs as a junior. He also stole 25 bases. “I have a good relationship with Erstad and Fisher. I talked to my mom, and she said it was a good pick.”
The Huskers picked Harrison as a top wide receiver target before they’d finished their 2013 class. NU coach Bo Pelini even attended a basketball game for Harrison, whose brother Shaquille started as a true freshman point guard at Tulsa.
Instead of making the football camp circuit, Harrison was one of 144 players competing in Cary, N.C., in USA Baseball Tournament of Stars. He is expected to be picked in the 2014 draft, though first or second-round projections bandied around the Internet seem less concrete than they did with Starling, whom the Royals selected with the fifth overall pick in 2011.
In football, Harrison fits as a wideout with the frame and agility to make catches in traffic. As a junior, Harrison caught 30 passes for 620 yards, rushed 20 times for 302 yards and scored 14 total touchdowns.
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Here’s a montage of the dunks that was posted to Vine, showing off Harrison's athleticism:
Photo Credit: The Kansas City Star