Harris visiting for Vandy game

Wake Forest has a big game this weekend with Vanderbilt. A win would mean bowl eligibility and leave a lasting impression on visiting recruits. Nigel Harris, a 6-foot-2, 198-pound linebacker from Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Fla, will be one of the prospects in attendance Saturday at BB&T Field at Groves Stadium.

"At my high school I play inside linebacker," said Nigel Harris, "but I'll most likely move to the outside when I get to college. Wake Forest has shown a lot of interest in me. Coach Jackson thinks if I go there I'll have a good opportunity to come in and start. They told me I can come in and be the man next season in helping their defense improve. I think Coach Jackson is a good coach and I'm looking forward to learning more about the program when I'm there."

Harris in his third year as a starter for the Hillsborough Terriers and is enjoying a fine year in Florida 6A play. At running back, Harris has complied 700 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. Playing strongside linebacker on defense, Harris have 111 tackles, three quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, and a sack. He's also punted 23 times averaging 36 yards-per-punt.

"I'm faster this year going downhill," Harris said. "In the off-season one of my main goals was getting my speed up to be able to get past the lineman easier. When you're trying to get past the guards to make a play on the ball carrier you're going to need to have great speed and strength. I feel like I have improved in both areas."

This weekend's trip to Winston-Salem will be Harris' first official visit. He says he'd like to visit Pittsburgh when the playoffs are over and has a January visit to USF planned.

"I'm looking for a place to spend the next four of five years of my life," Harris said. "By that I mean a place where I'm going to enjoy living. I would like to stay close to home but the most important thing for me is finding a good college environment to be a part of. If I feel I found the right place, I won't hesitate to go ahead and commit."

Harris is cousins with Lindsey Lamar, a junior wide receiver at USF. When the football season is complete for Hillsborough Harris plans to compete in the 100 meter dash, the 110 meter hurdles, the long jump, and the triple jump with the track team. He reports a 3.9 GPA.

Hillsborough will face Armwood in the second round of the playoffs on Friday, November 23rd. The Terriers will try to avenge last year's playoff loss to the Armwood Hawks, a Tampa-area rival.

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