Harley Recruiting Teammates to Tech

Kris Harley

Warren Central (Indianapolis) defensive tackle Kris Harley committed to Virginia Tech way back in April, but it doesn't mean he is done with recruiting. He took a trio of teammates to the Hokies' camp in July, and now he is recruiting the members of the 2012 class to join him in Blacksburg.

Virginia Tech commit Kris Harley was already a well-known player in Indianapolis area because of his on-field exploits, but his commitment to the Hokies made the defensive tackle even a bigger focus of opposing offense's early in the season.

Harley, who plays at Warren Central High, said the first few weeks of the season taught him what it is like to play with a target on his back.

"They call me out on every play," the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Harley said. "They'll say, ‘What's up Harley? Are you ready to get destroyed?' or something like that. They know who I am.

"I thrive on it. If you think you're better than me, than I have to show you I'm still better."

Warren Central is 3-1, and is definitely a school Virginia Tech fans should keep an eye on. Not only is Harley committed, but the Hokies are recruiting three of his teammates for the class of 2012.

Receiver Kevin Davis, defensive tackle Sheldon Day and defensive end Josh Posley each camped at Virginia Tech in the summer with Harley, who is recruiting the trio to join him in Blacksburg.

"They like Virginia Tech a lot because all of them came to the camp on July 10," Harley said. "I brought three of my starters down, and they did a great job and they liked the Virginia Tech campus, and the whole thing. They're really high on them."

Harley is off to a strong start as Warren Central opened Metropolitan League play with a pair of shutouts.

I think I've gotten off the ball pretty well," Harley said. "I think I can play better, but I always think I can play better. I've played good, but it could be better. That's just the competitor in me."

Harley continues to speak regularly with the Virginia Tech staff, and is planning on making an official visit to campus after the season.

"It will be sometime in December, but I'm not sure," he said. "I need to apply to the school and make sure I get into the school. I just need to get that out of the way."

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