Committed To: North Carolina
What to Like
One of the more intriguing prospects in north Florida for the class of 2015 is Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida High School quarterback/athlete Ronnie Harrison who is being recruited to play a variety of positions in college. While all of Harrison's junior highlights are of him playing quarterback, he certainly displays the athleticism and speed to play several positions in college. According to Florida High head football coach Jarrod Hickman, the rising senior could be a FBS quarterback if he concentrated solely on playing the position but most schools are recruiting Harrison as an athlete. The junior has excellent size at 6-foot-2 and 200-pounds with long arms on a long, lean frame. As a ball carrier the rising senior shows good speed and runs with power. He does a good job of running the ball north-south. Harrison has good feet and can make people miss with a quick cut but he is not a slashing or shifty type runner. He also does a excellent job with ball security and almost always transfers the ball to his outside arm. Throwing the ball Harrison got better as the season went along and showed flashes of having the ability to be an effective passer. He has a very strong arm when he sets his feet, transfers his weight to his front foot and lets the ball loose. Harrison looks very comfortable in the pocket, buys himself time and doesn't get nervous feet. He also shows the ability to keep his eyes downfield to find an open receiver when scrambling. At times does a very good job of setting his feet and making an accurate pass when flushed from the pocket. Harrison plays some defense this past season. He lined up at cornerback in crucial situations, particularly red-zone and two-minute scenarios, against the opponents best wide receiver.
Questions and Areas for Improvement
There are a couple of questions on Harrison. One, what position does he play in college? And how big will he eventually be? Harrison's high school coach thinks he can play anywhere he sets his mind to and he does have the size and speed to play a variety of positions. In-person Harrison has a long, lean, muscular frame and looks to have the capacity to easily carry another 20 to 30-pounds. As an offensive skill player Harrison can improve his play at quarterback as both a passer and a runner. The junior has the ability to run over and through people but needs to do a better job of running behind his pads and lower. He would also break more tackles if he would use a stiff arm more often. As a passer Harrison needs to concentrate on the mechanics of transferring his weight from back-to-front and not throw of his back foot so much. He got more confident throwing the ball as the season went on but needs to trust his arm and his decision making skills more which are both strengths. Having no film on defense and having seen very few reps in-person of Harrison at corner, you are left to project where he might best fit on the defensive side of the ball.
Most schools are recruiting Harrison as an athlete on the defensive side of the ball. At this time in his development and with his size I think he will eventually end up as a strong safety or outside linebacker/safety hybrid in college. He does have the ability to cover receivers and plays cornerback in high school but doesn't possess the change of direction it takes to play against elite receivers at the major college level in my opinion. Based of his athleticism, speed, strength and toughness Harrison should easily transition to the defensive side of the ball to play safety or linebacker. He is already big enough to play safety in college and has a year to go in high school. It would not surprise me to see a program come in and offer the talented athlete as a quarterback if he continues to make strides there but more than likely Harrison‘s future is as a defender in college.