This morning, Arizona State’s star wide receiver announced that he will forgo his senior season to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.
A move that did not shock many, as he has been projected to be a first-round pick for nearly nine months now.
Harry began his official statement by touching on his love for Arizona State.
“First of all I would like to say thank you to everybody in Sun Devil nation,” he said.
Harry graduated from Chandler high school in Arizona, and chose to stay home and play ball in Tempe.
“This has been a great ride, a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
His 73 receptions for 1088 yards lead the team and rank him second in the pac-12 in receiving yards behind Oregon’s Dillon Mitchell (1114).
First year ASU head coach Herm Edwards offered his thoughts on Harry’s time as a Sun Devil before his official statement.
”It’s been my pleasure this year to coach N’Keal ... This young man has done a lot for this university.”
Edwards later compared him to former Dallas Cowboy wide-out Dez Bryant.
Most of all, he admired his drive.
”He loves to compete,” he said.
When scouts come Edwards tells them to simply watch number one and see his competitiveness.
Harry quickly turned into a fan favorite, and he has earned that on and off the field.
He is frequently the last player on the field, as he stays late to sign autographs and take photos with fans.
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In the latest 2019 Bleacher Report mock draft, Harry was projected to be the 21stoverall pick to the Washington Redskins.
In the most recent draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Ohio State center Billy Price. He was later signed to an 11.8 million dollar contract with a 6.6 million dollar signing bonus.
Harry grew up with his grandmother, and it is known that he has been looking forward to support her for several years, though Harry noted how the decision was still a difficult one to make.
”This was an extremely hard decision. This university has given me everything I ever wanted. The fans have been great to me. ... It’s been a blessing to be in the position that I’m in.”
Sun Devil quarterback Manny Wilkins paid homage to Harry and his legacy that at Arizona State.
”We left our mark here the correct way. You’ll go down as a legend here.”
When asked if he would play in the upcoming bowl game, Harry said he was unsure and still in a decision process. Edwards chimed in to say that he will practice every day like he will play, though the final call has not been made.
There’s no denying Harry will go down as a legend, and he went out with a season to remember and a Territorial Cup victory.