"The visit solidified Stanford as my No. 1 school,” Ronnie Harris said. “It was first class.”
Harris was on campus from Saturday, September 18 through Monday, September 20, allowing him not only to see the Cardinal trounce Wake Forest, but also meet with professors, dignitaries, coaches and athletes.
He was ushered around the Farm by recruiting assistant Tim Wait, as well as true freshmen Ed Reynolds and Darren Daniel. Along the way, he was able to meet with Condoleezza Rice, as well as academics in biology, his general field of study.
“It was the whole nine yards,” he said.
He was particularly enthusiastic about his meetings with head coach Jim Harbaugh and defensive backs coach Derek Mason.
“I spoke to Coach Harbaugh for about an hour. He’s a very intelligent guy, and very down to earth. He’s easy to talk to,” Harris said.
“Coach Mason is a fantastic family man,” he continued. “He wants to put the best on the field. He’s a coach that’s really into the game, and you can see that everyday.”
Although Stanford is a long journey from Atlanta, Harris did not seem concerned about the distance. He has a brother who lives in Seattle, and he said that Reynolds, from Florida, and Daniel, an Alabama native, made him feel at ease. Furthermore, he already knows one of the Cardinal, as he attended the same school as Henry Anderson for one year.
With his trip done, Harris is back in Georgia and focused on improving his overall game and maintaining his academics. On the gridiron, he considered his play “excellent”, but noted that because opposing coaches have started throwing and running away from his side of the field, he would need to step up to become an all-around, roving playmaker. In the classroom, he reports a 3.8 core GPA, and noted that a Stanford admissions counselor said that he is “on track” for acceptance. However, just to be sure, he is retaking his SAT.
Harris made clear that he has not committed—yet. He will go on official visits to Louisville and Tennessee before making his decision. Those trips are still unplanned.
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