Ht: 6-4 Wt: 215
40-yard dash: 4.60
Rivals: 3-Star #44 ATH
Scout: 3-Star #53 ATH
247Sports: 3-Star #53 ATH
ESPN: 3-Star #84 ATH
Malik Harrison, who announced his decision to attend Ohio State on national signing day, was a three-year starting quarterback for coach Byron Mattox at Walnut Ridge High School ... he played strong safety on defense and punted as well in high school, and his coach confirmed in published accounts that college recruiters viewed the talented Harrison capable of playing a number of positions, including as a wide receiver, tight end, strong safety, linebacker and even as a defensive end ... he is ranked by Rivals as the No. 44 athlete nationally and the No. 23 overall player in Ohio ... Scout lists Harrison as the No. 2 athlete in Ohio and No. 6 in the Midwest ... he is coming off a senior year in which he passed for 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 897 yards and 15 scores ... he also had 40 tackles, including five quarterback sacks, and was named third-team Associated Press Division II all-state and all-Central District ... in 2014 he passed for 1,100 yards, rushed for 1,087 and had 15 rushing touchdowns and seven passing ... helped Walnut Ridge to its first basketball state tournament since 1971 in 2014-15 by averaging 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds for a 21-4 team ...was honorable mention all-state in basketball and second-team all-Central District ... Harrison is the son of Donetta and Charles Harrison.
Ohio State, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Iowa, Illinois
Sam Hubbard, Joshua Perry, Darron Lee
Productive dual-threat quarterback in high school, but also a hard-hitting safety/linebacker. Projects to either linebacker, defensive end or a tight end/H-back, and has the frame and athleticism to handle any of them. Could eventually outgrow linebacker. Tremendous basketball player as well. Pursues well east to west.
It might take Harrison a year to settle in and actually find a home, not unlike Sam Hubbard in 2014. Harrison is a safe bet to redshirt in 2016 because as he searches for his final position.