Aaron Harris Draws Interest From AState

It did not take the Arkansas State coaching staff long to see how much they liked Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) linebacker Aaron Harris

"I am not surprised," said Peachtree Ridge coach Mark Fleetwood. "He is having a great year. He has almost a 100 tackles. "

On Saturday, Harris, a 6-foot-1, 218 pound linebacker, made his first visit to Jonesboro and watched the Red Wolves' 38-21 victory over Texas State.

"I really had a great time," he said. "I really like the school. It was a lot bigger than I expected.

"I liked it a lot. It was a lot better than what I thought it would be. There were a lot of new buildings. I am excited about the new indoor facility they will be building.

"I got to meet all the coaches, and the players. I spent time with coach (John) Thompson. He is quite a character. He told me I looked natural playing linebacker."

Harris' Peachtree Ridge Lions face Dacula in the second round of the playoffs this week. Last week the Lions defeated Lassiter 59-20 in the first round.

"Aaron plays linebacker for us,' said Fleetwood. " I am really amazed at what he has done. He played on the defensive line last year for us. We switched to a three-man front and he was the one who I thought was athletic enough to move to middle linebacker. It has worked."

Arkansas State was Harris' first offer. He said he has since picked up one from FCS Elon.

"He is a very driven person," said Fleetwood. "He tries to do the right thing. We have had a lot of schools come in here. Mercer, they are going into the Southern conference. Western Kentucky has called and talked, UAB. Georgia Tech was in here this week asking about him. Troy has been here but they don't have a spot for him.

"I think he is a very good player, probably SEC, ACC level, who is flying under the radar." Harris, who said he has an offer from Georgia State, played a lot as a sophomore and moved into the starting lineup last season.

"Arkansas State came down here and watched our game with Norcross," said Fleetwood. "They are defending state champions, 15-0 last year, and he was everywhere. He was a force. He made 18 tackles that night. They called back the next day and said they loved him. And talked about how all over the field he was.

I think it helps Arkansas State that they got in here early. No doubt they got the jump on everyone."

Harris said the Red Wolves talked to him about playing middle linebacker.

"I like playing linebacker again,'' he said. "I played it before high school. It is taking a little getting used to again."