Miami, Fla.--The Auburn Tigers have already dipped into the talent pool at Booker T. Washington High for one commitment for 2008 with wide receiver Thearon Collier making his decision public last week. Another top prospect from BTW also mentions the Tigers along with several other colleges that he's looking at and says the thought of joining his teammate in college is something he'll consider when making his decision.
Athletic Brandon Harris is one of the top performers in the Miami area heading into the 2007 high school season. The 5-11, 180 wide receiver/defensive back has the quickness to hit the seam for a big play and also the speed to break on the ball in the defensive backfield. His combination of athletic talents has many top schools looking his way as the spring evaluation period rolls on.
"Right now I'm standing with 13 offers," Harris tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have offers from a lot of schools I expected. A few of them are Miami, Auburn, West Virginia, Central Florida, Ole Miss, Virginia, Ohio State and Florida International. That's some of my offers at the moment."
Harris is an explosive player who could play on either side of the ball.
While most players growing up in his area root for the hometown Miami Hurricanes growing up, Harris says that instead he chose to spread around his love among several teams. Now that he's got a choice to make he says it will help him make the best decision possible without letting feelings get in the way.
"I kind of stayed neutral growing up because I knew there would come a point where I would have to choose out of a bunch of schools," Harris says. "Maybe the team I was rooting for didn't turn out to be the best place for me. I pretty much tried to root for whoever was winning at the time."
One of the colleges that has caught Harris' attention recently is Auburn. Long before his teammate chose the Tigers, Harris says he has been watching Auburn's progress on the football field. He says that's one of the reasons why they're near the top of his list of schools at the moment.
"I have been following Auburn's program for the past few years and I have been watching some of the playmakers they've had in the last few seasons," Harris says. "Now I'm getting a chance to get to know the program. I had a chance to speak with Coach (Tommy) Tuberville last week. He said some good things and told me a little about their facilities and campus."
A starter since his sophomore season, Harris is a standout on both offense and defense for BTW. In 2006 he had 35 catches for 750 yards and 12 touchdowns as a wide receiver. He added 30 tackles six sacks and six interceptions on defense with three picks returned for touchdowns from his cornerback spot. He also added three kickoff returns for touchdowns.
Along with Collier, Harris forms to combine one of the quickest and most explosive tandems anywhere in Florida. He says the duo work every day to make each other better on both sides of the ball and it pays off when they get to play on the same team at the end of the week.
"We really feed off each other, especially at practice," Harris says. "In practice we push each other a lot to make each other better. He knows that if I go out there and make a big play he's hyped up and happy for me but he'll try to make a better play. We really push each other to get better."
Their relationship on and off the field is something that Harris says he'll look at before making his final decision. While he admits he wouldn't mind playing on the same team down the road, he knows he won't get any grief from Collier should he decide to go elsewhere.
"He hasn't really said that much," Harris says. "He knows Auburn is recruiting me as well so he's going to let me make my own decision. He felt like that was the decision that was right for him. I wouldn't mind playing with him for another four years."