Talented Gadsden Linebacker Talks Recruiting

One of the country's top linebacker prospects talks about his recruiting and his performance in Atlanta last Saturday.

Gadsden, Ala.--Don't blame Gadsden City standout Jerrell Harris if he takes his time before making a decision on his college future. While many players are known commodities as early as their sophomore seasons, Harris was a player who burst onto the scene with a strong junior year for the Titans and is now enjoying the life that comes with being a top recruit.

One of the things he enjoys is seeing all the college coaches come through his school like they did routinely for the last two months. Spring is evaluation time for college football coaches and that means hitting the roads to visit schools and talk with coaches. It also means watching spring practices and games to get a better feel for how a player performs in game situations.

For Harris that evaluation period came two weeks ago as the Titans took on Oak Mountain in Gadsden. Playing in front of over a dozen coaches from schools such as Auburn, Alabama, Florida, USC and others, Harris says the experience was a fun one for him and his teammates as they got a chance to show what they can do on the field.

"We had too many coaches there," Harris says. "I can't even begin to name all of them. It was just crazy because this time last year we didn't have any coaches watching us.

"We had a real good spring," he adds. "We came up a little bit short in our spring game (against Oak Mountain) and lost by three points. Other than that, things went very good."

Harris sprints to the ball during Saturday's camp.

Building onto his already stacked resume, Harris took part in Saturday's Scout Elite Camp on the Georgia Tech campus and continued to show why he's one of the country's top high school linebackers. Facing top competition from around the South, Harris was one of the more impressive players in attendance regardless of position and says he was just fortunate to have the opportunity to take part in the camp.

"It was a real neat experience," Harris says. "I'm just blessed to be able to perform in something like that."

Up to more than two dozen offers at the moment, Harris has his choice from just about every top program in the country but he hasn't let that get to his head just yet. Still very unsure of his decision, he says he's not quite ready to name a leader as he heads into the busy summer season.

"I have 27 offers at the moment," Harris says. "I don't have any favorites yet though. I'm wide open."

Without a leader but with a solid group of colleges he's had on his list since the beginning of his recruiting, Harris says he plans to take in a large number of camps in the coming months as he prepares for his senior year. "I'm just going to try to go to a couple of camps to improve myself in every aspect of the game," Harris says. "A couple of the camps I have already set up are Florida, LSU, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, Auburn and Alabama."

The chances are strong that if Harris performs as well over the summer as he did last week in Atlanta, he'll have an even bigger list to choose from when the time comes to make a final decision.


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