WASHINGTON — One of the most dynamic two-sport stars in the country is heading to South Carolina.
Nyckoles Harbor, a 6-foot-6 defensive lineman and wide receiver who also has the speed of a potential Olympic sprinter on the track, announced his decision during a ceremony at his high school Wednesday that was also televised live on ESPN.
Pegged as a five-star recruit by 247 Sports and Rivals, among other recruiting services, Harbor had entered National Signing Day as one of the highest-rated football prospects still available. The majority of top recruits signed with schools during the early signing period in December.
Harbor, 17, has been a two-sport star at Archbishop Carroll and previously indicated that he plans to play football and run track in college.
Who were Harbor’s other finalists?
According to Rivals, Harbor had at least 41 Power Five scholarship offers. He told recruiting website On3.com last month that “I don’t really have a finalist, but I guess you can put Maryland, South Carolina, USC, Oregon and Michigan.”
Why South Carolina?
Harbor has spoken highly of third-year football coach Shane Beamer throughout his recruiting process and drawn comparisons to Jadeveon Clowney, the former No. 1 overall pick who starred for the Gamecocks. The chance to compete in the Southeastern Conference likely was also a draw, as was the distance from home; among SEC schools, South Carolina is among the closest to the Washington area where Harbor grew up.