Cherokee High School receiver Adarrius Harshaw has announced his commitment to the University of Utah on Twitter over the weekend.
Harshaw said it was a dream come true, as he never thought he would reach the next level as a small kid coming up through the ranks of football.
Everything changed on the recruiting front when Harshaw recorded some of the top long jump marks in the nation.
“It got a lot of other schools’ attentions,” Cherokee coach Josh Shaw said. “Then he was running fast track times as well… Football and track really correlate with each other, so that got the attention of schools.”
The speedy 5-foot-10 receiver had offers from Maryland, Georgia State and South Florida, among others, but was drawn to Utah because of the people. Harshaw felt at home in the program.
“It really started off with the connection I built with the receiver coach,” Harshaw said. “We would be texting and joking daily, laughing and making jokes with each other.”
There was near-daily contact between the receiver and his future coaches at Utah during the recruiting process.
Harshaw finished his junior season near the top of Cherokee County statistical rankings. He recorded 53 receptions for 872 yards, a 16.5 average per reception, and seven touchdowns. He has his eyes on the 10-touchdown, 1,000-yard mark for his senior year. However going into this season he is not just focused on his own success.
“I am also trying to help the younger kids since they are next up,” Harshaw said. “People know what I can do, so now I want to help out the receiving core so they can build and get to the next step also.”
Shaw praised his receiver’s involvement in teaching the younger receivers. When off the field, Harshaw made a point to coach up whoever was on it.
He is listed at 155 pounds on his 247Sports recruiting profile, but Shaw believes toughness and explosiveness outshine any concerns about his size.
“He is small in stature, but he is probably the toughest kid on our team,” Shaw said. “I have watched him block linebackers that are six inches and 60 pounds heavier than him. He has been doing that his entire time (at Cherokee).”
His explosiveness was on full display last season against Woodstock. Harshaw broke free for a 99-yard kickoff return, during which his coach said he thought the receiver was only jogging.
“He was always the most electric player on the field for us,” Shaw said.
Shaw said he expects to see a 1,000-yard senior season and believes he would have hit the mark last season if he played in every game.
“I just want to go out there and show my talents to those schools at the next level,” Harshaw said. I want to show them I can play, too.