February 26, 2013

School sizing up Harris

Collins Hill offensive tackle Christian Harris is an impressive looking prospect.

The rising senior measured in a 6-foot-5, 275 pounds at Georgia's junior day recently, and with no bad weight.

Harris is still a bit raw as an offensive lineman as he played defensive end until his junior season, but when he gets in a stance, it is clear that he has the tools and potential to be a good one.

The Gwinnett County native bends extremely well, has excellent athleticism, and possesses the length that many teams look for in an offensive tackle.

It is no wonder that a large number of teams are expressing interest at this time.

"Lately, I've been talking to a lot of schools and a lot of schools have been coming by," Harris said of the recruiting process. "A lot of coaches from Auburn came by. Maryland came by. Coach (Mario) Cristobal was really getting into me when he was at Miami. Georgia coaches are looking at me hard. Alabama is looking at me, too. Also, Georgia Tech has been looking at me."

It is still early in the process, but one BCS school, North Carolina, has already pulled the trigger on offering Harris and did so last week.

"Honestly, it is just beautiful," he said. "I was on the phone with them (UNC), and I thought they were going to say that they are interested in me and stuff like that. As it turned out, they offered me. It is awesome just to have these offers from smaller schools and all, but that BCS offer just means a little extra. With that offer, it is just an amazing feeling. I don't even know how to describe it. Even if it isn't the type of school you want to go to, it just lets you know that you are BCS material and you have a spot at a BCS school. It is just a great feeling."

Harris told UGASports at Georgia Rising Seniors week in December that he grew up a big fan of UGA, and was in Athens recently for a Junior Day.

Being in the Classic City is something that Harris says he always enjoys.

"I've been there before and it has always just been a great place to be," Harris said of his visit to UGA. "It is always a great environment with friendly people and friendly coaches. It is a great coaching staff and a beautiful place to be, honestly. It never ceases to amaze me no matter how many times I go. It is just great to be in Athens."

The Peach State prospect has made it known that he wants an offer from the Bulldogs, and the UGA head man himself discussed that subject with Harris while he was on campus.

"Before the whole Junior Day actually started and before we started registering, one of the assistants came to me and had me come talk to Coach (Mark) Richt in his office," he said. "He told me that it is good that I was there because he is looking for instate kids that he likes and he likes their playing style. He told me that they don't just want to hand out offers and if he offers a kid, he wants to stick to it and stay with their word. I think that is why they are a little cautious with this offer."

Harris isn't sure if an offer is coming or when it may come, but he has a good idea for what UGA wanting to see out of him before extending the opportunity to be a Bulldog.

"I think one of the main things they are looking for is seeing me in person and in pads and all that," Harris said when asked if or when he thought UGA would offer "Maybe at spring practice or at some camps or something like that. I think they just want to see me in action. I know they like seeing me at junior day and all that, but I definitely think they want to see me suited up and working."

In the meantime, Harris is in the process of preparing, academically and physically for his senior year and has some goals for himself.

"One of the main things that me and my parents want to do is get the ACT and SAT out of the way and get the score I need," he said. "I definitely want to get in the weight room and get bigger. I want to see as many schools as I can and go to as many junior days. I'll probably hit up some schools during spring practice and spring games. I'm hoping to build myself up and get some more offers before the season starts, and I want to hit up some camps this summer at the schools that are showing interest in me."





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