Back in the spring of 2015, the former Syracuse coaching staff offered North Carolina running back Tre Harbison a scholarship. A year later, after the highly touted runner decided to transfer from Virginia after enrolling early and participating in spring drills, the new staff reportedly has the Orange back in the mix for the bruising running back.
Harbison, a 5-foot-10, 220 pound back who initially chose Virginia over the likes of North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia, among others, has been offered a blueshirt scholarship, according to Ryan Bartow of 247sports.com:
— Ryan Bartow (@RyanBartow) June 3, 2016
If you’re curious what a blueshirt entails but don’t want to click the link, basically it provides one hell of a nice loophole for college football programs. Through a blueshirt, Syracuse could bring in Harbison to compete immediately this fall (in practice – he still has to sit out due to transfer rules, so he couldn’t be used in games until 2017), but he wouldn’t count toward the class of 2016. Instead, he would be counted toward the 2017 recruiting class.
Harbison enrolled at Virginia back in January but, after Bronco Mendenhall came in with an eye toward using him more as a fullback (Harbison had originally committed to Mike London), the former 3-star prospect decided that UVA was not the place for him. Syracuse coaches were among many who started following Harbison on Twitter, and it started becoming clear pretty early on they were intrigued by him as a transfer.
It’s certainly an interesting situation to keep an eye on moving forward. Syracuse brought in two running backs as part of the class of 2016, with Jo-El Shaw and Harbison’s fellow North Carolina native Moe Neal.