USC coach Shane Beamer used the backdrop of the biggest home game of the season Saturday to host the highest acclaimed recruit on the Gamecock board, DE/TE Nyck Harbor of Washington, DC. Beamer must have felt the risk of losing big to the defending national champions in front of a major prospect would be outweighed by the experience he would have with a loud, supportive crowd inside Williams-Brice Stadium. Beamer rolled the dice, and they came up seven.
“He said everything was great,” Archbishop Carroll head coach Robert Harris said Sunday night after talking with Harbor for about ten minutes. “He said the atmosphere was great. He said he loved his visit. He got to talk to some academic folks. He said the visit was really first class. He was excited about the crowd, the fanbase, the support that the school has and the academic environment.”
Asked if the one-sided loss to the Dogs made the Gamecocks damaged goods in Harbor’s eyes, his coach replied, “No. We had talked about it before, but he was really amazed at the fanbase. I told him they have one of the greatest fanbases in the country. He got to see it firsthand. Even in a loss, he said, the fans were great. Everybody was receptive. He said he felt like everybody knew that he was there, and they received him well. He felt great about the visit.”
This coming weekend Harbor will take his official visit to Michigan, leaving Washington Saturday morning. Harris said Harbor does not have any other official visits scheduled at the moment. The other schools on his short list are Georgia, LSU, Southern Cal, Maryland and Miami.
Harris said Harbor does not have a decision date. Thar could come at one of two January all-star games, Under Armour or Polynesian, or he might hold off until the February signing day.