Arlen Harris Receives a Closer Look at Iowa

March 8, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

Arlen Harris Jr. has plenty of time to decide where he’s going to college. Still, the St. Louis-arena freshman already is looking into it.

On Sunday, the running back returned to Iowa, a place he’s visited multiple times. He attended a Hawkeye junior day this time around.

The setup allows for more of a connection than prospects get while visiting for a game.

“The thing that stood out was how comfortable I was coming back. I felt right at home coming back into that environment and with those people. I also felt I got to know the coaches better and more of what they preach and teach,” Harris Jr. told HN.

His father, Arlen Harris Sr., a former college and NFL running back, coaches him at St. Peter’s (MO) Lutheran High. He’s coming off a freshman season that saw him rush for 1,280 yards and score 22 varsity touchdowns.

Colleges took notice. Harris Jr. (5-10, 175) has secured scholarship offers from LSU, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas and Nebraska. Kentucky, Missouri and others have been showing interest.

The Hawkeyes have built a solid foundation with him. Assistant LeVar Woods has been leading their recruitment and running backs coach Derrick Foster also has been working on him.

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“I talked to coach Foster and coach Woods (at junior day). I talked to coach Foster more about what their base offense looks like. We talked about what that offense’s main points are and what makes it so successful. We also talked about what he sees in his future in Iowa and what he can strive for and what I can, too,” Harris Jr. said.

“Coach Woods and I talked about different aspects of how I can see myself at Iowa and what I think of it.”

The Hawkeyes offered Harris a scholarship when he visited for a bowl practice in December. He attended a game during the season. The latest stop solidified his positive feelings for the program.

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“After that visit, I feel right at home with Iowa. I do not feel nervous around any of the staff members. I feel like eventually, when I’m older, I can contact them with ease. Over time our relationship will be very strong. My comfort level at Iowa is very high,” he said

Harris Jr. will camp at Iowa this summer. He looks forward to being coached by the staff and getting an even better feel for the system.

“I feel like the way Iowa uses their backs is just how an original or old-school back should be used. Iowa wants their backs to run right at you and pound the rock. They will keep running them down your throat until it works,” he said.

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“I feel like I can fit with this offense perfectly. The inside-zone-styled offense is an area I am strong at. So, I feel I can really succeed in Iowa’s offense.”

Here’s a look at Harris Jr.’s sophomore highlights:

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