“I had an awesome time on the trip,” Harbison said. “I love the facilities, I love the coaching staff and I love the fans as well.”
Harbison came to the Twin Cities on Friday by himself and was taken on a tour of all of the Gopher facilities and got a peak into the lives of Gopher football players.
“I took a tour of the campus and got to see all of the academic facilities, both the indoor and outdoor facilities as well as the weight room. They had a great weight room and I also got to meet with the tutors. They have the best tutors I’ve ever seen they sit down with the student and actually show them how to do their homework rather than do it for them.”
After his visit both the stadium and locker room stood out to Harbison.
“They have a great stadium, I loved the stadium and the atmosphere in the stadium and they have a great locker room. Just being in the locker room and seeing the guys getting ready to play was a great feeling.”
While on his trip Harbison was able to get a good look at the Gopher’s offense and how he would be able to fit in.
“I can fit into this offense very well,” he said. “It’s the same offense that our offense in high school runs, so it should be a great transition. And from watching what the receivers could have done or did good I was able to learn something from what they were doing.”
Harbison contacted his father on Saturday night to talk about his visit and how he felt it had gone before making the decision.
“I talked to my dad before I had told the coaches anything around twelve or one o’clock. I told my dad it feels good up here it’s like home just farther away from home. My dad said it’s your decision and know you have to stay a full four years of your life up there. I told my dad I’m totally committed right now to Minnesota so I texted Coach Zebrowski and told him I was verbally committed to Minnesota.”
Harbison also had the chance to meet some of Minnesota’s local recruits mainly quarterback Philip Nelson. The two formed a quick bond.
“We talked about how we have a great freshman coming in this year and that we’re going to have a chance to put up a lot of points on our way to getting that championship that the university and city needs.”
Despite being committed to the Gophers, Harbison still plans on taking more visits.
“This is just a verbal commit I haven’t signed on the paper so I plan on taking my other visits to Kentucky, Vanderbilt and East Carolina.”
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