Watertown (Conn.) Taft School
No. 7 QB in East Region, Three stars
Committed on May 23, 2014
Vitals: 6-foot-1, 185 pounds
Recruitment: The Harris recruitment came down to Duke and Boston College with the Blue Devils winning in May.
"I just loved the campus environment when I went down to see the UNC basketball game, and I loved coach (David) Cutcliffe and (assistant) coach (Scottie) Montgomery," Harris told Scout.com. "I think I can really grow as a quarterback under them.
"Then, also how prestigious the academics are at Duke, it fit on all facets for me. It's a very similar community to Taft and I loved that also about duke."
Harris also had offers from Connecticut and Yale.
Early Impact: Duke doesn’t have a lot settled at the quarterback position with none of the 2015 options having played extensively in a situation that requires passing (Thomas Sirk has been the running option). Still, Harris isn’t considered the kind of can’t miss, no brainer prospect who would be favored to walk in and take the starting spot from players who have several years in Cutcliffe’s system. Look for Harris to come in and learn the passing scheme and finer points of the system before factoring into the two-deep next season along with Nico Pierre.
Scout Take: The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Harris is smooth to watch on tape. He plays with fluidity and ease, and he makes it look simple against his competition.
He has a strong arm, and he spins the ball well. It takes a flick of his wrist and the ball soars 40 yards down the field. He throws from the balls of his feet, and his arm comes over the top so even though being two inches taller would be great, he maximizes his size because of his delivery.
Harris also has a good feel for pressure, and he moves out of the pocket when need be, but keeps his eyes down the field. He's a dual-threat quarterback, but he doesn't look to run whenever a play breaks down.
However, one thing Harris does not do much on tape is get to the second or third receiver. It's not needed many times because he is throwing to an open first option, but Harris also stares at his primary receiver often. He will need to learn how to look off a linebacker and a safety, but Harris does have a tendency to stare.
Harris shows good arm strength, although not overwhelming, and his speed running the ball is good, but keep in mind private school competition in Connecticut is not on the high end.
- Brian Dohn, National Recruiting Analyst