Bison wide receiver recruit sought the program out from west Texas

Chris Harris remembers Bison running back when he lived in Wisconsin


FARGO — North Dakota State added two players to its 2021 signing day class as expected on Wednesday in Grant Romfo from Langdon Area High School (N.D.) and Chris Harris from El Paso, Texas. For Romfo, it's a return to a Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome facility that he's played in a few times because of the success of his team.

"Both come from good high school football programs," said Bison head coach Matt Entz.

Harris took the long way to get to Fargo.

The 6-foot-4 receiver from El Dorado High School is no stranger to the Bison program despite playing in the heart of west Texas. The son of a military family that has moved around the country, Harris, when he was in junior high, remembers watching current Bison running back Seth Wilson in high school in Holmen, Wisconsin. Harris used to live in Wisconsin.

"He reached out to us," Entz said. "He's probably a little bit of an unknown. He's been at his high school for only two years and sometimes you get lost in the recruiting process."


At 6-4, Harris would follow in the mold of current Bison receivers Christian Watson and Zach Mathis, who stand 6-3 and 6-6, respectively. Harris, who also plays basketball for El Dorado and led them into the Texas playoffs last season, had 62 receptions for 950 yards and nine touchdowns last season. In track and field, he was a district champion in the 200 meters and 400 relay.

"He's a big, long receiver and that creates mismatches," Entz said.

Romfo accounted for more than 4,600 yards rushing and receiving in his career, and he scored 86 touchdowns. On defense as a linebacker, he had 299 career tackles and nine interceptions on a team that won three straight North Dakota Class A titles and was 48-1 in his four years on varsity.

Jeff would like to dispel the notion he was around when Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, but he is on his third decade of reporting with Forum Communications. The son of a reporter and an English teacher, and the brother of a reporter, Jeff has worked at the Jamestown Sun, Bismarck Tribune and since 1990 The Forum, where he's covered North Dakota State athletics since 1995.
Jeff has covered all nine of NDSU's Division I FCS national football titles and has written three books: "Horns Up," "North Dakota Tough" and "Covid Kids." He is the radio host of "The Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack" April through August.
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