Maryland, Michigan and South Carolina battle for uncommitted five-star Nyckoles Harbor in a race down to the wire, according to 247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong. Harbor, has 6-foot-5, 225-pound talent from Washington (DC) Archbishop Carroll.
“Well, two weeks in a row that he’s been at Maryland,” Wiltfong said on 247Sports’ College Football Recruiting Show this week. “Went to a basketball game there two weeks ago. That was the family’s first-ever basketball game on the Terrapins’ campus. They loved the energy and the environment there, got a chance to spend time around (Mike) Locksley and the staff. Then they come back this weekend for some more face time with Mike Locksley and company, but also got a lot of face time with the school president, the school athletic director.
“Nyckoles Harbor has aspirations of playing in the NFL, he has aspirations of running in the next Olympics and he has aspirations of being a surgeon. So, what do you do? You bring in one of the best orthopedic surgeons in the company to hang out with Nyckoles Harbor as well. So Maryland laid out red carpet for him.”
Harbor is one of only five uncommitted five-stars in the 2023 cycle.
Harbor’s 247Sports Crystal Ball projection points to South Carolina, but that was made in August before the Terrapins and Wolverines applied the full-court press for his services.
“I think Michigan is another program that’s in excellent position for him,” Wiltfong said. “Took an official visit in the fall to Michigan. I think Michigan checks a lot of boxes for Nyckoles Harbor and his family as well. South Carolina (is) certainly the third program in play for Nyckoles Harbor. I think he’s super close with the Gamecock commits. He’s built a great relationship with their staff, took an official visit to Columbia this fall as well.”
Harbor still has two additional official visits he could take before making his decision. He will not be one of the five-stars who announces during the early period next week.
“He and his family say that they’re going to sign in February,” Wiltfong said. “He was thinking about taking an official visit to Georgia this weekend. That’s not going to happen. So he’ll have two official visits in play after the Early Signing Period, if he does not put pen to paper. I think some of these schools here are trying to push him to sign as well. Look, he’s been to Maryland several times. He’s been to Michigan several times. He’s been to South Carolina several times.
“So we’ll see what happens over the next eight days, guys. But I like where Maryland’s positioned, I like where Michigan’s positioned, I’m not sleeping on the Gamecocks either.”
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Harbor, who is the No. 16 player in 247Sports’ rankings, is planning to visit LSU in the new year which would leave him with one official remaining.