Army makes play for Harris

Jaylen Harris has had an offer from Army for over a year and, so far, that's his only one. That may change soon as the 5-foot-7, 155-pound slot receiver/return specialist has put up some big numbers at Steele High School in Cibolo, Texas in rigorous 6A play. ArmySports.com spoke to Harris to get his take on his recruiting situation.

"Army has stayed in touch with me throughout the past year," Harris said. "In fact, I just got off the phone with them. I've been talking to a lot of the new staff that has come in this year. I really like what I've seen and have to say I'm definitely interested. They would like for me to come up for the Army-Navy game which will be in Baltimore at the Ravens stadium. Then they'd like me to take an official visit in January. I've done my research and think that serving is a great opportunity. I know that it takes a lot of hard work and discipline. Both of my parents served in the military so I know.

"I'd have to say I've caught five or six of the Black Knight games this season, kinda to see how they use the slotbacks. The coaches told me, when they first started looking at me, that they really like my speed, versatility, and overall playmaking ability.

"Right now I'm hearing a lot from Navy, Sam Houston State, and Montana State. They pretty much all told me that offers are on hold until they figure out if they need more slot receivers or outside receivers for next year. Those are the main three other than Army, but I'm thinking I'll be hearing from a lot more after the season in December."

Harris has accumulated more than 1000 all-purpose yards in his senior season at Steele in the San Antonio area. He has 672 yards on 36 receptions and six touchdowns, but has also done it one the ground with 223 rushing yards on 26 carries and a touchdown. He also shows off his track star speed on punt and kick returns.

"I started out the season with a big game against Madison," he said. "I think I had 180 yards on four catches. I've gone from there. My football I.Q. has really taken off this season. I know what to do as far as my role and don't try to do too much like I've done in the past. The area I feel like I've grown the most is leadership. I'm serving as a team captain.

"We run a pretty balanced attack. In the past we've been more run-dominate but the coaches have done a good job mixing things up this year with the pass. I'm averaging five or six targets per game. We're a deep team, no doubt. My quarterback, L.G. Williams, is committed to Texas State. We have a junior defensive end, Mark Jackson, with Big 12 offers, a junior running back, Bryson Denley, with Big 12 offers, a lineman, Terrence Steele, committed to Texas Tech. It's a team that works together, like family. It's kind of what I'm hoping to find in my college team."

In the lopsided playoff win over MacArthur, Harris has two receiving touchdowns before being taken out at halftime. It gets harder this week as Steele will face undefeated Brennan.

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