Report: 5-star DE Zach Harrison Delays College Decision

By Matt de Bear on July 31, 2018 at 7:30 am
Five-star DE Zach Harrison
Mark Brennan, 247Sports

The top remaining target for Penn State in the Class of 2019 is one of the nation's best, five-star defensive end Zach Harrison. The blue chip prospect from just outside of Columbus (Lewis Center, OH) has widely been assumed to be down to the hometown Buckeyes, Penn State, and Michigan. He had been aiming for a decision by his Aug. 14 birthday. According to a report from ABC6 in Columbus, that is no longer the case.

"I want to go to all three schools very badly," Harrison told ABC-6 Monday, the first day for high school football practice in the Buckeye State. Harrison has his list down to three: Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan.

"He's handled the attention very well," Orange head coach Zebb Schroeder said Monday. "It's pretty intense and I'm sure there are days it wears on him because he's getting recruited by some pretty storied programs."

Harrison had previously pointed toward his birthday, August 14th, to announce his decision but there is no timetable now.

Our friends at Eleven Warriors had previously reported that a decision was unlikely to come until later in the process, but this is the first confirmation from Harrison's team.

Short of a commitment, this is the best news Penn State could have hoped for. They have not had the nation's No. 4 overall prospect on campus since April, while both Ohio State and Michigan hosted Harrison in late-June before the start of the dead period. 

Any speculation that Harrison to Ohio State was a foregone conclusion should be gone now. While the Buckeyes should still be considered the favorite, getting one more visit this fall, presumably for a game weekend, will be a huge opportunity for the Nittany Lions. Harrison and his family are no strangers to Happy Valley, with four visits in the last two years, and are reportedly close with James Franklin and the Penn State staff.

All three unconfirmed visits will be unofficial, as Harrison's April trip to State College, and June visits to Ohio State and Michigan were official.

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