Harris Ready to Compete

One of the top athletes signed by Clemson in the 2004 recruiting class is La'Donte Harris, an outstanding wide receiver prospect from Gadsden, Alabama. We caught up with La'Donte recently to get his opinions on early play time, the Mike McIntosh debacle, and much more in this post-signing day report!

WR LaDontae Harris
Litchfield High School
Gadsden, Alabama

Most Clemson fans were disappointed to learn that wide receiver Mike McIntosh decided to sign with the Florida Gators last week, but at the same time, the Tigers were still able to gain their fair share of talent at wide out in the 2004 class.

One of the early prospects that committed early on last year is Alabama native La'Donte Harris.

Harris had an extremely productive senior season for the Litchfield Eagles, and perhaps thats a bit of an understatement when you take a quick look at his stats. Overall, he rushed the football 120 times for 830 yards and 12 touchdowns, he caught 22 passes for 327 yards and 4 touchdowns, and completed 21 of 47 passes for another 334 yards and 5 scores.

CUTigers.com caught up with Harris recently to get his thoughts on a number of topics, including early playing time, and the whole Mike McIntosh debacle.

Like most people, Harris was surprised to hear about the last minute switch made by McIntosh. "I was really surprised by that. Coach Swinney called and told me about it," said Harris in a recent interview with CUTigers.com. "I didn't know he was going to change. I thought he was going to be one of my teammates."

None the less, the 6-1, 180 pound Clemson signee is glad signing day has passed and is ready to focus on preparing for his career at Clemson. "It took a lot of pressure off of me. I can focus on getting ready for college and think about Clemson. I am just ready to play. I'm ready to see how college life is up there."

Harris is planning to work hard over the next few months to make sure he is ready to compete for playing time when he arrives in August. "Coach Swinney is going to send me a workout plan. I am hoping to see some early playing time. I am going to work real hard to prepare. I always work hard though. I am a great competitor."

La'Donte has been leading Litchfield High on the hardwood instead of the field over the past few months. "We are 20-7 on the year and getting ready for our area tournament. The tournament starts Thursday. I am averaging 17.4 points per game right now."

Harris became friends with future teammate Tribble Reese during the big recruiting weekend in early January. "I haven't talked to him lately but I'll probably call him this week. We met each other when we were up on our official visits."

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding receiver from Alabama, right up through the beginning of practice in August.

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