Malik Harrison is a 3-star wide receiver from Columbus, Ohio, who boasts an Ohio State offer. The 6-foot-4, 215 pounder played a lot of quarterback in high school but is viewed as an “athlete” who will almost certainly wind up as a pass catcher at the next level. It doesn’t feel like Syracuse University should have a shot, given his hometown Buckeyes have offered, but the Orange might have a secret weapon.
As it turns out, Harrison is also a standout on the basketball court, and one of the class of 2016 hoops players for Jim Boeheim might wind up helping to close the deal. Matthew Moyer, the 6-foot-8 forward who, from what I’ve gathered, can basically do it all, might add “football recruiter” to his resume, since he and Harrison have a long history together: the two grew up playing AAU basketball together, and remain close friends.
Harrison is taking an official visit to Syracuse on January 29, and the talented wideout is one of numerous new targets for Dino Babers and his staff as they try to implement their high octane offense. Syracuse is lacking when it comes for playmakers at the wide receiver position, and Harrison would be a welcome addition to the roster. Aside from boasting offers from Syracuse and Ohio State, he also has offers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin and, yes, Bowling Green, among others. Scout ranks him as the fourth best wide receiver prospect in the state of Ohio.
The wide receiver/quarterback and, yes, power forward for Walnut Ridge is a tall, long-striding athlete who doesn’t have a lot of highlights featuring his skills as a receiver, but you can tell when he runs with the ball that he can certainly make things happen with his feet. He’s a strong player whose size and athleticism might remind Syracuse fans a little bit of Ashton Broyld.
For what it’s worth, he lists himself at 6-foot-6, 225 pounds in his basketball highlights, which, since we’re talking about hoops here, is probably not the accurate measurement to go by. That said, he’s clearly a heck of an athlete, and it’s worth checking out his basketball video to see what a high-flying player he is. He loves to go up and throw down some nasty dunks, and you should check him out on the hardwood for yourself: