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What a roll Old Dominion is on.
Head coach Ricky Rahne and his staff have added four players to their 2021 class in the last seven days. Last week, three-star quarterback Billy Edwards and three-star running back Tariq Sims committed to the Monarchs.
On Sunday, the Monarchs added the commitment of Pennsylvania two-star running back Jon-Luke Peaker, also known as “Juke”. The two-star back out of Philadelphia committed to the Monarchs after also receiving offers from Army, Central Michigan, Temple, and Toledo.
The following day, Pennsylvania athlete Khian’Dre Harris committed to the Monarchs. That brings ODU’s total for 2021 to six, including wide receiver Jahee Blake and defensive back Brian Pinkney.
Harris, who expects to play cornerback at ODU, was a first-team All-Catholic running back last season. He chose the Monarchs over Sacred Heart and St.Francis. Harris has also been invited to the Hawaii Tiki Bowl next season.
“I committed to ODU because I really love the coaching staff,” Harris said. “Me and (cornerbacks) Coach (Leon) Wright and (special teams and linebackers) Coach (Kevin) Smith have a good relationship and it’s still building. I love everything about ODU and I really liked what I saw on campus. I’m really looking forward to being a part of the team as a student-athlete.”
For Harris, the commitment to ODU is bigger than just football as it also means he gets to attend college. It marks something big for his family as he alluded to when announcing his commitment.
“I want to thank my mom and dad and grandparents for pushing me to do better every single day in my life and teaching me to be a leader,” Harris exclaimed in his announcement. “Beyond that, I want to thank my uncle for helping me through tough times and for being with me when everything started to go down. I know my dad and uncle are proud of me up there.”
Harris lost his father to a popped brain vessel and his uncle had a heart attack and passed away. That left the burden of paying for college up to his mom if he couldn’t get a scholarship.
“It (ODU scholarship) means a lot to us,” Harris said. “She (mom) doesn’t have to worry about paying for college. It’s a big relief.”
ODU has brought in two more great future Monarchs and now the staff focuses on recruiting the next great Monarch. Jon Duhart, Oshane Ximines, or the next Keion White are all candidates to be the next to commit to ODU.