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Harrison Saint Germain Gaining Recruiting Momentum
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
Westfield lineman Harrison Saint Germain (2022 TE 6-4 230) has seen a recent spike in his recruitment. Harrison is a tight end and uses his hulking figure to out-muscle defenders and to make plays in the passing and blocking game. Obviously, with Covid-19, it has become much tougher for players to get their name out to recruiters because of the lack of film from games being postponed this fall, but Harrison has found a way around this issue. In the past month, Harrison has gone from no offers to three, with Old Dominion, Penn, and now UMass all offering him a scholarship. Additionally, Miami (OH) and East Carolina have also been showing a considerable amount of interest in the tight end.
Harrison has been playing the game of football since he was five years old, starting with flag football, and graduating to tackle at the age of eight. Harrison classifies himself as a vertical threat type of tight end, similar to the play-style of George Kittle, Rob Gronkowski, or Travis Kelce. Each of those players is known for being big-bodied pass-catching tight ends. As far as his personal strengths, Harrison says that he does a great job with his measurables: size, route-running, and speed, but can get better when it comes to his defensive recognition and the ability to dissect a defense. For a skill player, that is usually a skill that comes, later, and it is good that he is trying to get better at it at such an early age.
Harrison cherishes these offers, indicating just how hard he has worked to get to this point. He says, “These offers mean the world to me. They are the dreams that I have been chasing since I was a kid watching college football on TV.” Harrison also talks about just how much these offers say about him and the hard work he has put in, saying, “They speak volumes about the dedication I have for the sport of football, as well as the long hours I have spent in the weight room trying to get better.” For a high school football player right now, it can be hard to find motivation. From school being online, to the season being pushed off until the winter, it can lead some players to a dark place. Harrison has drawn inspiration from two sources: his brothers and his doubters. These are two contrasting places, his brothers compel him to do his best every day, while his doubters hope he falls flat on his face and fails every day. He wants to prove to both that he is capable of big things and that he can be a force on the field.
The offers he has gotten, albeit a few, all come with pluses and minuses. That is simply a part of the sport and recruiting. As for Old Dominion, it is an in-state school that is rebuilding its program and becoming a hotbed for Virginia football players to go and compete. They have, though, seen little success in recent years, and will not see very much national spotlight. Penn has a world-class education being offered, and some of the most underrated football being played in the Ivy League. Once again, they do not get much national recognition. Finally, UMass has had a long, storied history, and play some very high-caliber opponents. The Minutemen, though, are among one of the worst teams in college football, as far as wins and losses go. Nonetheless, Harrison thinks that each offer is perfect in their own way, saying, “These offers are the motivation. They give me confidence on and off the field as an athlete and a person. Personally, there are no cons that I can see to these offers, they are all perfect because they are giving me the chance to continue playing football.”
As a player for the Westfield Bulldogs, one of the premier teams in the Northern Virginia area, it is easier for Harrison to get looks from scouts. His quarterback, Noah Kim is a Michigan State signee, and before committing, he had many eyes on him from a national standpoint. This gave players like Harrison a chance to shine in front of recruiters, and now he has momentum with his recruiting. Harrison wants to help his teammates and to push them towards greatness. As a leader, he wants to expand on that role and show he is not just a big-time playmaker, but a good teammate as well. He also aspires to add to his total offers, and with that, some bigger schools along the way, thus proving that he belongs in the conversation as one of the best tight ends in the area.
Harrison is entering his pivotal junior season which can see him fly up the recruiting boards in the area. He wants to use the momentum he has gained and run with it. He also wants to help guide the younger players through the recruiting process and in football in general. “I look forward to being a role model for my teammate and younger peers during their personal recruitment, and I can’t wait to see what some of them do in the future,” he explains. Harrison and the Bulldogs will soon be starting their campaign, and while Harrison is focused on a championship, he knows there is a bigger prize out there for him. He knows that if he works hard and plays well, he will soon begin to see more and more opportunities to play college football. That is his dream, and now it is time for him to live it.
– Marc Goldstein