Like a lot of aspiring legacy football recruits, Mesa (Ariz.) Desert Ridge 2017 defensive end Jalen Harris excels at football, but is athletic enough to play other sports.
“I’m playing basketball, but for me football is my life,” Harris said. “I kind of have that long build that works for both sports, but I’m about football.
"I grew up around the game and I’ve wanted to be a football player for as long as I can remember. I like everything about the game: the preparation, the study, the physicality, pretty much everything.”
Jalen’s father, Sean, was one of the linchpins of some of the most storied defenses in school history.
“Trust me, I know what kind of a player my dad was and what he did in college and the NFL, but he’s going to let me make my own decision,' Harris said.
"I want to go to a team with an attacking defense and a group of coaches who have had success and have a pretty good idea about my game and how they would like to use me.”
Not surprisingly, Arizona is expected to push for Harris to become a Wildcat.
“They’ve been in touch with me quite a bit and the new coaches are letting me know they are really interested," Harris said. "I’m going to get down there soon. It’s a place I’m going to take a hard look at, and why wouldn’t I? I’ve only heard good things.
“I’m curious to see if I get some more offers, but I’m super happy to have this offer.”