Wherever Damarcus Harrison went during the summer, you were sure to find a member of the BYU coaching staff. Actually, you were most often likely to find multiple members of Dave Rose's staff chasing the #78 player in the Rivals150 for the class of 2011. That persistence paid off on Thursday morning when Harrison selected the Cougars over Clemson and Florida State.
A native of South Carolina, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard is spending his final year of high school at Arden (N.C.) Christ School where he's a noted perimeter sniper. Not only can he bomb from downtown, Harrison has improved off the dribble and emerged as one of the top wing defenders in the country while helping lead Dion Bethea's Carolina Ravens all the way to the finals of the AAU national championships in Orlando.
"He really worked hard on his game and getting his body right for his high school and AAU season," said Bethea of Harrison. "It was his coming out party this year."
"BYU is getting another great player from South Carolina that will help them continue to win games and make the tournament."
While BYU would have recruited a four-star talent like Harrison regardless, it's important to note that he's a member of the LDS Church making him an even more important pickup for the program.