"No. 1, he's an experienced player for a young guy – in our program especially," Crest head coach Mark Barnes said. "We very rarely have a freshman or sophomore contribute as much as he has.
"Tre is a big guy for a running back. He's a 6-1, 205-210 guy that can run. Tre's best football is obviously in front of him. He catches the ball well. He's a strong guy with the ball. He is very physical with the football.
"The thing we think he probably could work on [is his speed]. We think he could really be fast. He's fast now – Tre is a 4.6 guy that we think could really be a 4.5 guy if he learns to get his knees up some. I'd also like him to play with a little better pad level."
After floating between junior varsity and varsity as a freshman, Harbison became part of a two-headed rushing attack for Crest this past season as the Chargers came a quarter short of winning the NCHSAA 3AA Title (Southern Durham came from behind in the fourth quarter to claim victory).
"Jalin [Moore] and I were like a one-two punch kind of thing," Harbison said. "Maybe some plays I had the dive, maybe some plays he had the dive. Some plays I had the pitch, and some plays he had the pitch. But we were used equally."
Harbison ended his sophomore season with 198 carries for 1,608 yards and 23 touchdowns. Those numbers should only increase this season with Moore off to Appalachian State and Crest utilizing more spread concepts.
"I understand I'll have to play a bigger role in the offense since he's gone," Harbison said. "I may have to play the whole offensive run. Over the offseason, I've made sure to get better as a person and a player so when the coach needs me I can step up to the plate."
Approximately three games into his sophomore season, North Carolina extended Harbison his first scholarship offer. The offer was a result of both Harbison's early success that season plus his performance at Fedora's Freak Show the preceding June.
"The Freak Show was a good experience," Harbison said. "I worked with Coach [Randy] Jordan there and he's no longer there anymore. But I enjoyed myself."
Harbison returned to Chapel Hill on March 1 for UNC's Junior Day. There he spent time with Seth Littrell, who will serve as Harbison's primary recruiter.
"As they've been telling me that they really like me and they like the way I run," Harbinson said. "They like my running style and want to use me in their offense like Coach [Barnes] uses me in our offense."
Although Littrell will pilot the effort from this point forward, several UNC coaches have been involved in its pursuit of Harbison,
"Coach [Gunter] Brewer and I go back a long ways – when I was at Scotland, he had our area back in that era," Barnes said. "Because of that relationship, Gunter calls me a bunch. But we've had Coach [Walt] Bell, Coach Littrell, Coach Brewer call at different times and all three of those guys have been through here."
In addition to UNC, Harbinson has twice visited Clemson, as well as single trips to NC State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. He believes the Wolfpack and Volunteers are the closest to offering.
"I'll be shocked if he doesn't get offered by everybody when it's all said and done," Barnes said. "When he was a freshman, I told everybody that came through here that this is a can't miss guy. I've been doing this a long time and I've coached a lot of good players. He has too much skill and has too much support – he's a great student and has great family -- to be a guy that you're going to miss on. He's going to be a great player."
Clemson, UNC, and Tennessee make up Harbison's top three schools.
"All of them have a great coaching staff and they have a great offense and they all have a winning program and they're all on the rise," Harbison said.
Harbison's uncle, Charlie, is the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Auburn… Harbison is also a member of Crest's track team, running the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and 4x100 and 4x200 relays. His personal best 100 is 11.0 seconds.