By Michael Tinley ‘18
Brother Rice Senior Luke Harris grew up playing soccer. Like many who are as involved in the game as he is, Luke got started at three years old, developing basic skills at the park district level. Harris then transitioned into club soccer at nine years old when he joined the Chicago Magic, a well-known and decorated youth soccer club in Chicago. After Harris’s talent was duly recognized by coaching staff, he was invited to the Chicago Magic Development Academy. It was here where Harris would gain exposure with multiple college coaches from all across the U.S. and initiate the long-awaited college recruitment process.
During Luke Harris’s first three years at Brother Rice, he was poised to continue his development in the Magic’s academy program. The progression he exhibited as a player allowed for the opportunity to make the prized college commitment late in his senior year.
With the recruitment process for Luke constantly moving and shifting from one coach to another, east coast to west coast, conference to conference, it can become overwhelming, not to mention all the other responsibilities that a high school student-athlete needs to be mindful of. But when Luke’s strong senior season with Brother Rice Varsity Soccer was all said and done, the school Luke would be studying and playing soccer at remained unclear.
It was early in November of 2017 when Brother Rice Varsity Soccer Head Coach, Kevin McAlinden relayed the news to Luke and two fellow senior teammates that the head soccer coach at Quincy University invited the three players on an official two-day visit to the school. During the visit, Luke and his teammates were able to participate in an off-season workout with the NCAA Division II soccer program and showcase their talents in hopes of a possible scholarship offer. The boys were also afforded the opportunity to tour the quiet Quincy campus, led by the coaching staff.
Luke said, “I immediately loved the atmosphere at training and on campus. I stayed in touch with Coach Carpenter, Quincy’s head coach, and eventually received a scholarship offer to play collegiate soccer at Quincy University.”
February 13, 2017 – it was the culmination of Luke’s hard work and dedication on and off the field. Harris officially signed a letter of intent to play soccer for Quincy University, celebrated with his supportive family, Coach McAlinden, and Brother Rice Principal Mr. Antos.
In the end, the final decision may have come as a late and unexpected surprise for those involved in the progression of Luke’s career, but it was clear that Quincy was the program best fit for Harris to prosper as a student and collegiate soccer player.
Luke’s recruitment roller-coaster has now come to a complete stop.
Congratulations to Luke Harris and his family!