Bluechip LB Shows His Versatility

Linebacker Jerrell Harris again showed why he is one of the state of Alabama's top high school athletes.

Gadsden, Ala.--After a mid-summer break for basketball, linebacker prospect Jerrell Harris was back on the football circuit on Saturday as he spent the day on the Auburn campus checking out the Tigers.

On Thursday night in Huntsville, he was the second-leading scorer in the Alabama High School Athletic Association's All-Star Game for Class of 2008 seniors. He scored 13 points and added six rebounds in 22 minutes of court time as he helped the North All-Stars to a 96-71 victory over the South All-Stars at Spragin Hall on the UAH Campus.

"It was a great experience to get to play in the all-star basketball game before my career ends and I think I showed up and played a pretty good game," the Gadsden City High athlete says.

Turning to football, the sport he plans to play in college, Harris says, "Recruiting is good now. I am just smoothing it out and it is starting to settle down a little bit. I am just trying to focus on some schools and focus on the season."

Jerrell Harris is shown at a camp this summer.

Harris, who says he believes he is up to 30 scholarship offers now, watched Auburn's one-day camp on Saturday and talked with other prospects as well as the Auburn coaching staff.

The talented linebacker, who was a standout at the Southeast Elite 150, showed excellent pass coverage skills at that event. He says that is a part of his game he has worked on diligently since last season.

"I have spent a lot of time on my footwork to help me with coverage," he says. "Really, I have been working on everything. I am trying to get better in everything I do as a senior."

The 6-3, 214-pound outside linebacker, who plays in 4-3 and 3-4 fronts at Gadsden City High, has set high goals for his final high school season. "I want to make 200 tackles, about 16 or 17 sacks and about five interceptions," he says.

If he can accomplish those goals, it will be one of the most impressive seasons ever by an in-state linebacker prospect.

On the recruiting front, he says he plans to take in Florida's Friday Night Lights camp and that will wrap up his summer schedule. He notes that he is no hurry to make a decision on what college to attend. "I am going to try to wait a little while on that," he says.

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