Kris Harley moonlighted as shot-putter, and the exciting news for Virginia Tech fans is his first love and best sport is football.
Since the four-star defensive tackle from Warren Central High (Indianapolis, Ind.) committed to the Hokies two months ago, his focus has been on track and field.
Saturday, he won the state title in the shot-put with a toss of 62 feet, a personal best, but it isn’t a sport he is enthralled in.
“I do it to keep in shape,” Harley said. “Throwing the ball gets tiring after a while.’’
What Harley doesn’t tire of is playing football, and he is one of the best in the nation when it comes to defensive tackles. He is rated by Scout.com as the 13th-best prospect at his position in the 2011 class, and cannot wait to get to Blacksburg, Va., to run a defense with which he already has tremendous familiarity.
“We run that defense here at Warren, and I get more freedom,’’ Harley said. “I think it’s a quick first step, I’d say. I usually don’t get hit. I’m usually the one doing the hitting.’’
As a junior, Harley had 91 tackles, including 19 for loss, and five sacks.
He said he committed early to Virginia Tech because he liked everything about the program, and he got to know it well since he has been to the campus four times. A fifth trip is coming in July when he camps at the school
“It just had that feel, and I felt like it was the right fit for me,’’ Harley said. “They run the defense that I’m best at, and would be the most productive in to help them out.’’
Harley also is looking forward to the change in culture.
“It is different going to a smaller town like that. Going to a small town you might not get in trouble as much. Really, it just feels like home.’’