As a freshman, even before finishing his first high school football season, Centerville High School quarterback Chase Harrison received an offer from the University of Louisville. Since then, interest in the athletic, pro-style signal caller has heated up.
Harrison traveled to Ohio State University last Friday to watch practice and talk to first-year head coach Ryan Day and quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich.
“Coach Yurcich talked to me about quarterback leadership qualities he’s looking for – competitive, enthusiastic, unselfish, being accountable,” Harrison told ElevenWarriors.com. “He wants me to come back for camp and ball out.”
Accolades are accumulating for Harrison. He was named to the 2018 MaxPreps High School Freshman All-American team, and he was recognized as a 2018 FBU-Adidas All-American QB among other honors. Chase’s father, Michael Harrison, is a Centerville middle school coach who mentors young quarterbacks, and his brother, Jacob Harrison, is a quarterback at the U.S. Naval Academy.
In his freshman season, Harrison shared snaps with senior Tyler King and still passed for 1,446 yards and eight touchdowns with two interceptions. After losing 18 of 22 starters from a team that reached advanced one round in the state playoffs in 2017, the Elks uncharacteristically finished 2-8 last year. They opened the season eight consecutive losses but rebounded to win the final two games.
In the finale, Harrison passed for 216 yards and one touchdowns, and rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries, in a 52-7 trouncing of Beavercreek. He completed a season-high 28 passes on 46 attempts for 261 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Centerville’s 35-20 loss to Northmont, its final setback of the 2018 campaign.
The Elks are projected to be deeper and more experienced this fall, and expectations are high for the team and the 6-foot-3 Harrison. He is focused on leading the Elks to what he hope will be a return to the playoffs for the storied program while balancing his future considerations.
Harrison visited Columbus for the Ohio State-Tulane game last fall and built upon a relationship he established with Day when he attended summer camp entering his eighth grade year.
Ohio State will be ideal, if the Buckeyes consider him a priority, Harrison hinted. So far, Ohio State has offered two 2022 quarterbacks in Texas pro-style quarterback Quinn Ewers and California dual-threat quarterback Maalik Murphy.
Time will tell if Harrison becomes for first Elks quarterback to play the position for Ohio State since Kirk Herbstreit
“They would be in my top-10, but I’m not waiting,” Harrison told ElevenWarriors.com. “I want to be the top QB choice, not a third or fourth choice for the coaches.”