Outstanding Talent Deserves Bigger Reputation

Recent talk about recruiting in Memphis, Tennessee has been focused on alleged improper conduct by coaches and boosters from multiple college and prep programs. Consequently, much of the good news coming out of Memphis has been obscured. The talk has also reduced the publicity level of some very talented football prospects. Included in that group is a prospect who may ultimately outperform previous prospects whose reputations currently eclipse his own.

LaRon Harris, a 6-foot-2, 291 pound defensive tackle from Kingsbury High School, is an extremely agile and athletic big man. Harris is so athletic that he can dunk a basketball and turn back-flips at will. His speed in the 40-yard dash has been timed in 4.93 seconds and his vertical jump has been measured at 32.5 inches.

On the football field, Harris has 51 tackles and eight sacks in five games. He is also averaging five "pancake" blocks per game as an offensive guard. The combination of physical tools and football production has several programs attempting to secure the signature of Harris on National Signing Day.

"Auburn, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Illinois, Middle Tennessee State, and Memphis are recruiting me, " said Harris. "But I believe I will probably sign with either Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, or Tennessee."

Harris has many friends from the Memphis area playing on the Division 1-A level. Among them are Dennis Alexander and Kindal Moorehead at Alabama, Ken Hamlin and Radale Perason at Arkansas, and Jabari Greer at Tennessee. His friendships could play a part in his decision but Harris is looking at other factors as well.

"I'm looking for a program with good tradition," said Harris. "Experiencing a bowl game and TV time are important to me, too. Of course, I also want a good education."

Harris also competes in track as a shot putter and he maintains a 3.2 GPA. Over the summer, Harris attended football camps at Arkansas, Auburn, and Ole Miss. Harris caps off the his recruiting snapshot with a statement that would please nearly every coach or fan.

"I like knocking people out on the football field with big hits," Harris said.

Editor's Note: Reliable sources indicate that LaRon Harris is very highly thought of by the Alabama staff. It would not be a surprise for Harris' name to be found on a Siging Day press release.

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