After a sensational freshman season at Wake Forest, Harrison elected to forgo his final three seasons of eligibility and signed a Generation adidas contract earlier this week. The Bolton, England native has been a rising star since he burst onto the scene at the renowned Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass., which is where we’ll start.
Harrison spent three years at Berkshire, where he scored 24 goals and had 33 assists while leading the team to a 50-6-3 record and three consecutive New England Prep School Athletic Council Class A championships. He was the Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year in 2015 and won the award twice statewide.
At his only season at Wake Forest, Harrison led the Demon Deacons with eight goals and 11 assists, while leading the team to a 17-3-2 record and the No. 1 overall national seed in the NCAA College Cup. He was the first player in the history of the ACC to be named the Offensive Player of the Year and the Freshman of the Year, and was also an NSCAA First Team All-American and a MAC Herman trophy semifinalist.
Yes, he’s probably ready for the next level. Where he’ll play is still in question. Naturally left-footed, Harrison can use his exceptional speed on the wing or perhaps utilize his natural abilities in an advanced, central role. Either role would certainly be a fit for what the Union predominatly used last season.
Interest by the Union has been suggested by nearly every league-wide pundit, and while the Union continue to bolster wing positions, it’s clear the young midfielder has arguably the highest ceiling of any player in the draft. Check out this video of Harrison vs. Davidson, where he picks up two assists and a sensational goal in barely 20 minutes.
Harrison was the subject of a homegrown claim by New York City FC, which was denied by the league. While NYCFC has the No. 4 pick, it appears unlikely he’d fall that far as of right now – if he even gets to the Union at No. 3. Alongside Georgetown’s Joshua Yaro, Harrison is widely regarded as one of the two best players in the draft. In order, Yaro and Harrison sit atop Top Drawer Soccer’s Big Board.
If you're in the mood, here's a high school highlight video of Harrison below.
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