One of the top defensive ends in the nation in 2020 comes from Mesa (Ariz.) Desert Ridge in Jason Harris.
This weekend, Harris showed that he’s more than just a football prospect at the UnderArmour Association in New York.
Playing with Splash City 16u, Harris displayed the size, strength, athleticism and motor of a high major power forward. He used his toughness to out-muscle opponents inside and on the glass, while he also faced up and put the ball on the ground or hit jumpers.
In both sports, Harris uses his physical tools and motor to make an impact.
“In basketball I can rebound, block shots, dribble, shoot and pass,” said Harris. “In football I like to get off the ball, get sacks and use my speed to hit the quarterback.”
While Harris could easily play high major basketball, he’s considered an elite prospect in football and has yet to decide whether he’ll choose between the two sports or attempt to play both in college.
“I like playing both,” Harris said. “It will depend how good I am at them. I’ll make that decision my junior or senior year. I’m just trying to have fun right now.”
Jason’s father, Sean Harris, played football at Arizona and in the NFL, while his brother, Jalen Harris, is a three-star 2017 football prospect who signed with UA.
“They have great basketball and football programs,” Harris said of Arizona. “I like the coaches in football and basketball; they’re doing a great job.”
Harris says he doesn’t feel any pressure to follow his father and brother’s footsteps.
“I’m open to going anywhere,” he said. “I just want to make the best decision for myself and family. There’s no pressure at all; they just want the best for me.
“I want to go somewhere I’m wanted. I want to become a better player and grow. I want to be the best player I can be.”