MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Four-star receiver Mike Harley, long committed to West Virginia and being courted by Miami, claims he was being facetious about using the Russell Athletic Bowl to determine his college destination.
After all, that’s why we have ouija boards, right?
Not that a little thing like context should prevent a story from spreading rapidly, as this one did. Several national outlets — and one West Virginia newspaper — backpedaled the story after Harley tweeted this:
Rivals writer Keenan Cummings called the uproar silly during a conversation with the Gold & Blue Lunch Report.
“You talk to Mike or talk anybody that’s close to the situation, and from the jump it was a pretty much a non-story. I was shocked at how much traction it got,” Cummings said.
Sure, Miami remains a contender to sign Harley, it’s just that he doesn’t plan on taping his NLI to the bowl trophy on Dec. 28.
“I think right now there’s confidence on West Virginia’s side that he’ll stick — from what he’s told them and what they’re hearing from his family,” Cummings said. “But it’s recruiting, man. Anything can happen.”
The nation’s No. 164th-rated prospect, Harley caught three touchdowns in last weekend’s Class 7A state championship win over Plant. He becomes even more central to the 2017 class after dynamic junior college receiver Marquise Brown chose Oklahoma over West Virginia late Monday.
Check today’s video for Cummings’ take on that near-miss, in which the Mountaineers were a victim of bad timing.