Notre Dame offered Seattle Garfield athlete Tre'Shaun Harrison on Feb. 21, and Garfield head coach Joey Thomas said Harrison reacted to the Irish offer a little differently than he has with his others.
Thomas said Harrison normally tries not to get wrapped up in the recruiting scene, but the Notre Dame offer seemed to catch his attention.
"It was eye opening for him," Thomas said. "He’s a little different. He doesn’t get caught up in having offers, but when Notre Dame offer he said ‘Oh. Coach, that’s big.’ He was surprised, but at the end of the day for him, it’s all about education."
According to Thomas, education is most important thing to Harrison right now.
Sure, the three-star prospect has a future in football at the next level, but Thomas said the focus right now is all in the classroom.
"Right now is about finishing the school year strong and putting yourself in the best situation academically," Thomas said. "When we talk about the future, we talk about football, but we really talk about what his academic goals are, and what he wants to accomplish in life. I think if you focus on those things, the football side of it will fall into place."
It's all about academics now, but come fall, Thomas said Harrison will be itching to get back on the field.
The Garfield head coach said if he could use one word to describe Harrison, that word would be 'explosive.'
Tre’Shaun is the most explosive player that I’ve ever coached," Thomas said. "His explosiveness, by far, sets him apart, There aren’t other guys who can stop and start like that. And it’s not just his north and south explosion, bu his lateral explosion too. For a guy his size, that’s a rarity, so that’s definitely what sets him apart."
To go along with that explosiveness, Thomas said Harrison possesses great leadership skills.
"For a coach, he’s everything you want your player to be," Thomas said. "He works hard, and does things the right way. You would never know that he is the type of player he is. He just wants to play ball, and that’s one of the things I love about him."
During his junior year, Harrison rushed 535 yards and four touchdowns on 39 carries, and caught 45 passes for 866 yards and five touchdowns as a receiver, while recording 19 tackles on defense.
Thomas said Harrison's numbers from big games during the season are reflective of how reliable a player he is.
"The thing I love about him is, the bigger the game, the bigger his performance is," Thomas said. "You can go back and watch film of every big game we had, and he always showed out."
Harrison is rated by Rivals as the No. 25 athlete in the class of 2018 and No. 4 player in the state of Washington.