January 14, 2013

Harris: “I'm still 100-percent committed to Wake”

It was no secret Wake Forest commitment and Marietta (Ga.) wide receiver Tyree Harris was frustrated by Lonnie Galloway's departure; just read his Twitter page @T7Harris.

"At first it was pretty hard, because of the connection I had with Coach Galloway," Harris said.

"But I talked with Coach Galloway and we got a better understanding and regardless I came to Wake Forest, because he's one of the top receiver coaches in the history of college football, but not only because of him, but because of Wake Forest, their whole coaching staff, the facility, my future teammates that I met there, the 2013 commits that I met, and the way I can get my education. That's the number one point, furthering my education and a good chance of making it to the NFL."

Galloway, who recruited Harris for the Demon Deacons, left Wake Saturday, Jan. 12 for a position on West Virginia's coaching staff.

"He [Galloway] had a big part in me going to Wake Forest, but I didn't just commit because of him," Harris said. "I committed for those other reasons."

"I'm still 100-percent committed to Wake. Everybody keeps coming at me, because they think I'm going to West Virginia, or a lot of people think since he left I might go to Auburn. I'm 100-percent committed to Wake Forest. Wake Forest has been here for me since the beginning, and I'm going to ride with them till the end."

Harris, who is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, added he spoke with most of Wake's other 2013 pledges following Galloway's departure, and said they are all still committed.

"Everybody was hoping I wouldn't leave, because I'm the only receiver that's committed, so everybody's 100-percent committed to Wake Forest," Harris said.
"Everybody was making sure I don't leave, because everyone knows I have bigger offers and they thought with Coach Galloway leaving Tyree might go back to Louisville or Auburn or Georgia."

Auburn, Georgia Tech, Louisville and NC State are still trying to pull him away from the Demon Deacons.

Harris said Galloway will not try to lure him to Morgantown.

"He knows I'm staying at Wake Forest," Harris said. "He knows that's the best thing for me."

The 6-foot-1 ˝ and 175-pound Georgia product added Wake's coaching staff expects him to compete for a starting spot right away.

"They want me to start at slot next to [Michael] Campanaro," Harris said. "They want me to do some slot and do some outside with Campanaro."

Harris is joined by fellow commitments from the Peach State, Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton offensive linemen Josh Harris (no relation) and Cory Helms.

"I talk to them mostly every day," Harris said. "We all got a connection, and that's another reason why I'm staying at Wake Forest, because [of] this connection I've built with my future teammates. We spend time with each other. We go places together. Cory and Josh, we communicate mostly every day. We're like brothers."

"I knew Josh Harris. Me and him met at camp a long time ago, like sophomore year or junior year, so I'm really familiar with Josh. Once they committed they were like, 'Hey man I heard it was coming down to Mississippi State, Clemson [and] Wake Forest. You need to take a look at Wake Forest.'"

Harris added Michael Radford will be his roommate at Wake.

He will run track and lift weights to prepare for the rigors of college football.

"My speed and my hands are my key factors," Harris said. "I know Wake Forest will put some weight on me once I get there."

Harris will be in Winston-Salem for his official visit Friday, Jan. 18, and will enroll at Wake in July for summer school and pre-season workouts.

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