The last three Virginia coaching staffs have hit the state of North Carolina hard to find running backs, and our neighbors to the south have been kind to the program. The Tar Heel State has produced former UVa rushers Brandon Isaiah, Alvin Pearman, and more recently Kevin Parks.
On Sunday night, the Wahoos raided North Carolina again to find hopefully another terrific running back. After a visit to grounds over the weekend, Crest High School (Shelby NC) running back Tre Harbison decided to commit to the Orange and Blue.
Harbison selected the Cavaliers over offers from Boston College, North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia among several others.
The 5-11, 210 pound 'back is a consensus three-star across the board, and is ranked as the 18th best RB in the entire class of 2016 by Rivals.com
As seen in the film above, Harbison is a solid "between the tackles" type of runner. Harbison is quick to find a crease, and is not afraid to use that 210-pound frame to create even more room to operate. This past fall, the newest Wahoo rushed for nearly 1,900 yards and scored 38 total touchdowns, while helping to lead his team to a state title.
Virginia addressed the running back position in the class of 2015, bringing in speedster Olamide Zaccheaus, and bruising rusher Christopher Sharp. Combine the two incoming 'backs with redshirt freshman Jordan Ellis, and now Harbison, and the Hoos have some quality depth at running back.
Speaking of quality, UVa is currently putting together a nice offensive class for 2016. Highly-touted quarterback Sonny Abramson leads the way, along with a diverse group of wide receivers. Neru N'Shaka, Joesph Reed, and Cole Blackman are all rated three stars by Rivals, and each bring something different to the table. The Wahoos had some nice success bringing in receivers, and now have a solid running back to go with the weapons already in place.