FB Forecast: LB Joe Giles-Harris

True freshman linebacker arrives at Duke with an outside chance at avoiding a redshirt season after the Blue Devils suffered some injuries which shook up the depth chart.

Joe Giles-Harris

Position:
LB

Height/Weight:
6-foot-2 / 220 pounds

High School:
Nyack (NY) / St. Joseph Regional

Year:
Freshman

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2014 Review
Giles-Harris was a three star linebacker prospect out of St. Joseph Regional and ranked as the No. 8 outside linebacker in the East Region according to Scout.com. *****

2015 Preview
Giles Harris will likely fill the role of a reserve linebacker while determining whether he’ll play the MIKE or WILL position based on strength and weight gain. Already tipping the scales at 220 pounds as a true freshman, JGH may end up in the middle. *****

TDD Projection
Given his size and speed, we’d ultimately project Giles-Harris to become a middle linebacker in Duke’s 4-2-5 scheme. He’s already made that move once, having transitioned to the inside during his seniors season and being more capable against the run than the pass entering college. As far as immediate impact goes, it’s not improbable that he plays in 2015. The loss of Kelby Brown and inexperience of the other two middle linebackers could allow Giles-Harris a chance to play on special teams and as a third string MLB to start the year.

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How he ended up in Durham
For a while Harris was the biggest commitment on the board after picking Duke over a slew of offers including Wisconsin, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Arizona State, Boston College, Northwestern, Illinois, NC State, Syracuse, and Temple.

So what turned the trick for the talented linebacker?

"I'm an academic kid, and I was raised like that," Giles-Harris said. "I came out of the womb with my mom and dad (saying) if there are no academics, there are no sports. That was the big thing.

"The second thing was, ‘Am I going to like it there? Am I going to like the area?' And I did. I loved it. The fact the football team started winning …they have a great system there, the coaches are good, and that's just a plus."

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High School Highlights
Three-year letterman at St. Joseph Regional High School under coaches Tony Karcich (2012-13) and August Hoffmann (2014) ...helped the Green Knights to two New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Non-Public Group 3 state championships as a sophomore and junior and a semifinal trip during final campaign ... following senior year, received first team all-league, all-county, all-metro and all-state honors ... registered 95 tackles, 3.0 sacks, four INTs, two caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two blocked punts during final campaign [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]

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