Harrison cornerback Victor Pless is heading to the Big Ten Conference.
Pless, a Rivals three-star prospect, will play his college football at Minnesota. He said he chose the Golden Gophers because they run a defense similar to the one he has been playing in with the Hoyas.
Pless, who received 25 college offers, chose Minnesota over the likes of Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgia Southern, Houston, Indiana, Louisville, Syracuse and West Virginia, among others. He committed shortly after taking an official visit to Minneapolis on June 14.
Minnessota will be getting an experienced, lock-down corner in the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Pless. Harrison coach Matt Dickmann said Pless saw significant playing time beginning in his sophomore year, and he has made an impact by showing the ability to take opposing receivers out of the game.
“He can shut down somebody’s best receiver,” Dickmann said. “He’s a great cover corner.”
Pless said he considers himself a versatile corner.
“I can play man, I can play zone. I feel like I can do any type of coverage,” he said. “If I play a good team with a good receiver, I feel like I can cover them anywhere on the field.”
Dickmann said that explosiveness and good hands were other areas of strength. The three interceptions Pless made last season reflect good hands and the ability to track the ball in the air. Pless is also a good tackler, finishing the 2018 season with 62, 43 of those solo.
In addition to being a difference-maker on the field, Pless is a player of high character.
“Very coachable, very likeable young man that is great to be around” Dickmann said.
Pless said character is an important part of his makeup.
“I feel like it’s important to have high character because that can take you many places, not just in football, but in life,” he said.