Harris ready for football

While most Florida high school football players hit the practice field running during last week's official start to spring workouts, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington defensive back Brandon Harris was nowhere near a football field. Instead, the speedy Harris was helping his school capture the state track championship.

Not only did Booker T. Washington win the state title, but Brandon Harris also captured gold medals in the 4x400 relay and 800-meter events. Still, winning a state title hasn't distracted the 5-10, 175-pound Harris from the recruiting process.

"My mind is totally focused on recruiting," Harris said. "I can't wait to get back to football practice on Monday. Everyday I've been speaking with coaches with Miami, Florida and also the coaches from the University of Central Florida. I've also heard from Ohio State and West Virginia. Just in the last week, those are the teams I've been hearing from."

Harris is already sporting offers from Miami, West Virginia Tennessee, Auburn, Duke, Virginia, Ole Miss, Minnesota, Wisconsin, UCF, Florida International and the Gators. He has had nothing about positive things to say about the Florida program since his visit to Gainesville last month.

"I'm just trying to get a chance to meet the coaches and the players," he said. "I had a chance to visit their campus and it was amazing. To see them win a national championship and then get a chance to actually visit the facilities is one of the reasons why they are winning. They have a plan, and they know what they want to do."

Harris expects several visits this week, including Florida. He also said both LSU and Oklahoma are expected and he thinks they will extend offers later this week.

"Ohio State is coming down as well as Florida and Miami," Harris said. "Coach "Doc" Holliday is coming from Florida. They didn't tell me what days they would be down. They just said this week. They knew I had track last week, so they've been holding out until this week. They also said they'll be down for our spring game on May 25."

With so many options on the table, Harris hasn't begun to narrow down his list.

"I'm still evaluating all of my official offers," Harris said. "For the next two weeks, I'll still be evaluating schools and collecting offers, but then I'll sit down and take a look at everyone. I'm just going to give everyone who is interested a chance to offer me over the next two weeks."

With 4.45 speed, Harris not only excels on defense, but he is also solid at wide receiver. Last year, he caught 38 passes for 705 yards and 13 touchdowns.

"A lot of schools have that problem right now," Harris said. "They are watching me on both sides of the ball on film, but there is a shortage for DBs out there. But they watch me on film and like me at receiver also. I believe I'll be at defensive back. I don't have a preference. I just want to be on the field."

There is one thing for sure. Harris wants to lineup on kick return in college.

"Oh yeah, that's the fun part of the game for me," he said. "I've also learned that with special teams you can win or lose a lot more games than on offense or defense. I really take pride in special teams, and hopefully I'll be able to play special teams in college."

Harris plans on making a decision in November or December.

"I'm looking for a school that focuses on academics," he said. "I take pride in my academics. I'm also looking for a coaching staff that is going to develop me and help me be what I'm going to be even if I don't make it to the NFL. I want coaches that I can talk to when I have problems and what not."

Here is what Harris had to say about some of the other programs…

Miami – "With them being in my own backyard, I have a close relationship with the program. There are a few of my former teammates on the team now."

LSU – "I've gained quite an interesting relationship with LSU. They came out of nowhere. I didn't even know they were recruiting me and then all of a sudden I started receiving tons of LSU mail. I haven't gotten a chance to visit, but I have looked them up on the internet. One of their recruiting coordinators was at my school last Wednesday, and he was telling me all the things they had to offer. He had a good head on his shoulders and told me a lot of things I wanted to hear."

Tennessee – "The first offer I got was Tennessee. They've been interested me since last spring. They've been recruiting me hard and have been telling me all about the campus and the program. I think they'll stay in the hunt since they've been in the hunt since the beginning."

Central Florida – "I unofficially visited them on Thursday when I was up there for the state track meet. I was expecting the trip to be plan because it wasn't a major D-1 college. When I got there, everything changed. Everything was laid out. The campus was huge. They have a new stadium going in. I saw their graduation and they had so many guys from the team graduating. After meeting with the coaches, I realized these coaches really care about their kids."

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