"John's just a great all-around athete."

Coach Mark Elam of Garland Naaman Forest in the Dallas area has one of the top receiving prospects in the state this season in John Harris. Harris recorded huge receiving stats as a sophomore and junior earning himself 1st team All-District in both seasons. However, when Elam took over this season as head coach he decided to best utilize Harris's ability in the backfield under center.

Coach Mark Elam of Garland Naaman Forest in the Dallas area has one of the top receiving prospects in the state this season in John Harris. Harris recorded huge receiving stats as a sophomore and junior earning himself 1st team All-District in both seasons. However, when Elam took over this season as head coach he decided to best utilize Harris's ability in the backfield under center.

"John's a leader for us, team captain, and a fierce competitor," said Elam. "We run a spread offense. There's not many like John, so we thought that's where we'd make the best use of his talent at quarterback this year. So far he's rushed for almost 900 yards for us and is passing at over 50-percent."

Thus far, the experiment is working out well as Naaman Forest goes into this weekend game with Rowlett at 4-2. Elam knows Harris has all of the tools to play wide receiver in college. But much like Reuben Randle did last year at Bastrop, La. during his senior season, Elam wants his best player with the ball at QB.

"He'll be a great wide receiver in college," says Elam. "John has an amazing vertical leap, long arms, excellent size at 6-3, 210, and extremely fast with 4.4 forty speed."

John Harris was on Bobby Kennedy's radar as a freshman. Then he blew up with a phenomenal sophomore campaign which saw him catch 45 passes for 847 yards and nine TDs.

He came close to duplicating that stellar year as a junior with 45 catches for 548 yards and seven TDs. At junior day in early February Harris decided to commit to the University of Texas.

Off the field Elam speaks highly of his star player.

"John's well liked by his classmates, he's very personable, patient, and polite." Academics should be no program for Harris either. "John's a solid B student," adds Elam. "He's has his academics in order to become eligible to play next season."

At Naaman Forest Harris has excelled on the basketball court as well, and also competed on the track team.

"John's just a great all-around athlete, and that's why we decided to play him at quarterback," Elam explained. "He does so many things well, things you can't teach. He shows great ability to make opposing players miss in the open field."

While Harris isn't getting any route running reps at wide receiver, becoming an elusive runner who breaks tackles is something he can certainly add to the repertoire he'll carry with him to Austin.


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