Local 2017 sack artist Jalen Harris offered by Arizona State

Arizona State stepped up its pursuit of one of the best local pass rushers this week.

Scholarship offer No. 9 arrived Thursday for Mesa Desert Ridge High School star Jalen Harris.

A 6-foot-4, 210 pound two-way prospect, Harris could play rush end or outside linebacker at the Division I level, or tight end or maybe even wide receiver. 

Local program Arizona State provided the most recent scholarship opportunity, and Harris said the Sun Devils want him to be a pass rusher from their Devil backer position. 

"When I was at the junior day I watched the Devil backer a little bit," Harris said following the offer. "That's the type of position I do want to play, yeah.

"I think it's a really good school and I'll definitely be looking at ASU."

Last season, Harris dominated at times, tallying 17.5 sacks on 70 total tackles and three forced fumbles. he also had 50 catches for 757 yards and five touchdowns for the Jaguars, which reached the Division I state title game before losing. 

"I'm really excited about this year," Harris said. "I think we have a good senior class, a good junior class and we'll be ready to make a run at the championship again. Last year was a good experience, I wanted to win at the end of the day but it was a good experience. It's completely differently mindset now.

"It's been going good, I've been working really hard to make sure I'm ready to play and be a better run stopper. I've added some strength, definitely, going to take on some heavier tackles."

Schools took note of Harris' productivity last season and also his lanky frame, which he is still clearly filling out. He has reported offers from ASU, Arizona, Colorado State, Iowa State, Oregon State, San Diego State, UCF, UNLV and New Mexico State. 

"Recruiting is going really good, a couple coaches coming through (recently)," Harris said. "UNLV already offered me and was here, Iowa State, Michigan just came through today. It's been really good. Washington State.

"I'll be interested in everybody who has offered me."

Michigan, Oregon and USC are three high profile schools that Harris said may be on the verge of offering if the spring evaluation period goes well. 

Harris has a self-reported GPA of 3.6 and both of his parents were college athletes. His father Sean Harris is one of the top linebackers in University of the Arizona’s history. Harris, a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 player, played six season for the Chicago Bears after being selected in the third round of the 1995 NFL draft. 

In coming weeks, Harris will visit Iowa State unofficially and attend an Opening regional in the second half of May. 

"I want [coaches] to make me feel wanted, that I could be a special player there and they really want me at the school," he said. "And academics. I'll probably take a few officials before I decide."

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