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Florida continued their run of extending October offers on Thursday by offering College Park (Ga.) Woodward Academy three-star cornerback Christian Harrison.
— Christian Harrison (@ChrisHarrisonI) October 28, 2021
There were only a couple of days between the first time Florida was in contact to when the Gators offered.
“It was recent,” explained Harrison. “On, like Monday, Coach Davis, my coach, hit up Coach Crime Dog [Wesley McGriff] and then he must have had a meeting with Coach Jules [Montinar] because then he hit me up yesterday [Wednesday] and we talked for about 15 minutes about the school and if I thought I wanted to get over there to visit. Then today [Thursday] at lunch, Coach Jules wanted me to call them. I went on Facetime with him and Coach Crime and they offered me.”
Currently standing with a 4-3 record, and unranked, Florida's not having the best of seasons, but that doesn't diminish the Gators in the mind of Harrison.
“It's big-time, because it's the SEC, and that's big-time football, and I always watched Florida growing up,” said Harrision. “I watched Marco Wilson last year and CJ Henderson the year before that, so I know they put guys in the league. This offer means a lot to me.”
At one time the 6-foot, 180-pounder was committed to Liberty. However, since backing off of that pledge and with new interest from other programs, he said he has a top three.
“Yeah, with Florida offering, right now I would say it's Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia Tech in no particular order.”
He was asked what currently stands out about each of the three.
Florida: “I've never visited the campus, but I love the state of Florida. I always watched Florida on TV. I like them and how they produce DBs.”
Georgia Tech: “Literally, it's right down the road. It's 15 minutes from my house. It has that hometown feel to it. It has a 'chillness' about it, and it's in the best city in the country – Atlanta.”
Tennessee: “I went to the game against South Carolina and it was amazing. The atmosphere there is ridiculous. I mesh will all the coaches there, they're all cool there.”
Woodward Academy doesn't offer early graduation, meaning Harrison doesn't necessarily have to sign during the Early Signing Period since he won't be graduating until the spring. That will give him a couple of extra months to take visits and make his decision.
Harrison has already used two of his five allotted official visits to see Kansas State and Liberty. He doesn't have any of his remaining three set up at this time but said he plans on visiting Florida sooner rather than later.
“Either an official or unofficial, whatever way I can get down there real soon,” said Harrison of a potential trip to Gainesville. “I'm going to try to make it down to the Florida State game.”
Christian is the son of former NFL All-Pro safety Rodney Harrison – who was known as one of the more physical defensive backs of his era.
Signing with Western Illinois out of high school over 30 years ago – recruiting was nothing like it is today.
“To be honest, my dad, he was still a good player in high school, but he wasn't highly recruited and never really went through the recruiting process,” said Christian. “The best advice he said he can give me is to go where I have the best relationship with the coaches. I'm big on family. How much are they reaching out getting to know me and getting to know my family? My family is going to have to like them too.”
While his father was a safety, the younger Harrison said he is more of a cover guy himself.
“Colleges are recruiting me as a corner,” explained Harrison. “Except Georgia Tech is saying I can also play safety/nickel, but mostly they want me as a corner.”
They may play different positions in the secondary, but they have one thing in common.
“What I take from him I think is my physicality when I'm across the line playing press,” said Harrison of a trait he received from his father.