Sun Devils Eyeing Colorado Offensive Lineman

The Centennial State has been very kind in the last several months to Devils. The 2008 recruiting class features two of the better players from that state, Jack Elway and Andrew Sampson, and fellow Coloradoan Matt Tucker is the first commit for this year's class. A few weeks ago, Jack Harris was offered by ASU and he talked to Devils Digest about his recruitment with the maroon and gold.

"Arizona State offered me about three weeks ago," said the 6-6.5 275 Jack Harris. "I haven't been to the campus yet, but obviously they're a big time program. Some good players from here like Jack Elway and Andrew Sampson are going to play there, so I'm definitely considering them."

The fact that Sampson will don the maroon and gold this year resonates strongly with Harris. "Sampson is a hardnosed player," Harris stated, "and looks like he'll fit in there because when I watched them on T.V. they looked like a hardnosed team which is good. That's the mentality I like."

Harris, who's being recruited by safeties Coach Matt Lubick, has already garnered much attention across the country. "Colorado was my first offer – they offered me a camp last year," he noted. "Oregon, Texas Tech and Colorado State offered me… Notre Dame, Cal and Nebraska are recruiting me too."

The Parker Chaparral lineman hasn't attended any combines this year, but plans to head out to Provo for the Nike combine. "I may come to the Arizona State team camp, and I'm gonna take my little brother to the Colorado camp," said Harris, "but other than that I have no plans to go to any other camps or combines."

Harris played exclusively at left tackle his junior year, and his play earned him All-League first team honors, as well as honorable mention on the all-state squad. He told Devils Digest that he will also play defensive tackle in his senior season.

Chaparral was 2-9 last season which according to the lineman is mainly attributed to the rough transition the team went through with their new coach. "We're definitely gonna be over .500 this year," Harris stated. "We're returning our whole defense and on offense we have like five guys back."

Harris prides himself as a player that is a team leader and an offensive tackle that rarely gives up a sack. In the weight room he benches 285, squats 425, and cleans 270. He was timed running a 5.22 in the 40-yard dash. "I definitely need to work my strength," he said of his skills. "I play basketball so I have good feet and I'm an intelligent player."

Developing a strong rapport with the coaching staff of his prospect college will play a main factor in his decision. On that note, he feels he has a good relationship with Matt Lubick, who has a good reputation in his home state being the son of former longtime Colorado State coach Sonny Lubick.

Harris claims that he has no short lists of favorites, and that his recruitment is "wide open." Consequently, he anticipates making his verbal commitment in the later stages of the recruitment process, but also left the door open for an early decision.

"I'm starting to plan (official) trips to Colorado and Arizona State," he stated. "I'm probably gonna go to Texas Tech and Oregon too. I'm gonna try and take a trip during the bye week, but the best time for me to take visits is probably after the season."

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