Collins Hill's Christian Harris
Christian Harris had a pair of recruiting trips planned for N.C. State and Kentucky last weekend, but he never made it to either school.
When Duke heard the Collins Hill senior would be in the area, the Blue Devils lured Harris to campus. When the offensive lineman left Durham, N.C., on Thursday, Harris made a verbal commitment to Duke's football program.
"They weren't even in the plans to visit," Harris said. "But a few days before we left, they definitely caught wind I would be in the area and made sure I stopped by."
Harris is the sixth Gwinnett County football player to make a college commitment this summer. The other recent commitment is Peachtree Ridge running back Jordan Ellis' decision to go to Virginia on June 7.
"They offered me in May," Ellis said. "I went up there on an official visit and I kind of had the idea I would commit when they were taking me around campus."
Ellis chose Virginia over Western Kentucky and Miami (Ohio).
"I just liked everything with Virginia," Ellis said. "It's the best fit for me education-wise and football-wise."
Ellis maintains a 3.4 GPA and plans to major in sports medicine. He is a three-star recruit according to ESPN.com, is the No. 67 overall prospect in Georgia and No. 8 running back in the state. He runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash.
Ellis rushed for 691 yards and eight touchdowns last season for Peachtree Ridge.
Harris chose Duke over offers from North Carolina, N.C. State, Mississippi State and Kentucky.
"Me and my dad decided it was the best situation for me," Harris said. "It's the best academic school out of all the schools that showed interest in me. They are an up and coming program in the ACC."
National Signing Day is less than eight months aways, but Harris wanted to go ahead and end the recruiting process.
"I feel like it was getting late in the summer and if schools were going to offer me they would have by now," Harris said. "I'm not high up on their board that I need to be. Slots are filling fast and I feel like Duke is a good fit for me. I didn't need to continue the recruiting process."
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Harris is being recruited as an offensive tackle, but also plays defensive line for Collins Hill. Harris is a three-star recruit by ESPN.com and is rated the No. 79 prospect overall in Georgia and the No. 6 offensive tackle in the state.
Harris maintains a 3.0 GPA and plans to major in engineering.
"I feel like it was the best fit for me," Harris said. "Their class sizes are small and the campus is beautiful. I felt like it was the best situation."
The following high school seniors have made verbal commitments to college football programs
OL Orlando Brown Peachtree Ridge Tennessee
RB Jordan Ellis Peachtree Ridge Virginia
DB Nick Glass Peachtree Ridge Georgia
OL Christian Harris Collins Hill Duke
DB Bryce Lewis Parkview Vanderbilt
LB Korie Rogers Buford Clemson