Tennessee TE one of the best

Vanderbilt was first to offer Jackson Harris and Georgia was most recent. In between, some other top programs offered the talented junior and you can get the latest here...

Jackson Harris saw his brothers get recruited, so the recruiting process is not all new to the big tight end out of Columbia (Tenn.) Central.

Robert Harris is at Purdue and Chris Harris is at Tennessee Tech. Both are kickers, so this Harris is a little different.

He is a tight end and he is more of that traditional tight end that will stay on the field for three downs.

"I am a versatile tight end. I can be a dominant blocker or get out and space and run some routes," said Jackson Harris. "I can also line up at fullback and help that way too. I think me being able to block, run, and catch are strengths of mine."

Vanderbilt was first to offer to the 6-foot-5, 240 pound junior.

The Commodores offered over the summer and he has interest in the school not too far from home.

"One of their biggest pluses is the coaching staff. They are all good guys at Vanderbilt and they really push academics. I am a big academics guy (4.0 GPA) and I just like the school all around."

Since that offer, Jackson has picked up offers from Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Memphis, Mississippi State, and most recently, Georgia.

He is tripping to Georgia in a couple of weeks when the Dawgs host Kentucky and he likes the UGA offense and the way it uses tight ends.

His most recent visit was to FSU. He saw the undefeated Seminoles take care of Miami Saturday night.

"The game was loud and it was packed," Harris said about Saturday night in Tallahassee. "The atmosphere stood out the most, but I also got to talk with Coach [Randy] Sanders a good bit. He was glad that I came down and he told me I am one of his top guys. We got to catch up."

Harris also visited Clemson earlier this season. He liked what he saw in the one-loss Tigers.

"I really liked Clemson when I visited for the Boston College game. I liked the town there, the atmosphere, they run a good offense, and Dabo Swinney was a nice to meet with and talk to."

His next visit will be to see in-state Tennessee Saturday when the Vols host the Auburn Tigers.

UT has not offered yet, but he stays in regular contact with tight ends coach Mark Elder.

Could the Vols pull the trigger and offer one of the top juniors in Tennessee? Other than UT, Alabama, Duke, Notre Dame, Northwestern, and Ohio State are schools showing high interest in Jackson.

Plenty of schools have impressed Harris this season or back during the camp circuit over the summer, but he is not ready to name a leader.

He did like an SEC school at one time though.

"I kind of grew up a Florida Gator fan. My dad is a doctor and he worked down there for his residency, so I watched Florida then.

I really don't have any favorites right now though. I will probably start to form some type of a list after the season is over."

That list will eventually lead to a commitment. He is hoping to make a decision before his senior season begins.

"I am kind of aiming to make a summer decision so I can have it out of the way during my senior year," Harris said. "If I am not ready though, I will not rush it. I am doing all I can now to be ready for a summer decision though."

In between all the unofficial visits, Harris is taking care of business on the field. He has averaged six receptions a game this season and he is looking for an offense that will fit his game.

Harris is one of the top tight ends in the southeast.
That is just one thing he looks for when out on the road on a college campus.

"I feel like I am best in a pro-style offense, so I am looking for that, I am looking for good academics (Wants to major in engineering), a coaching staff, and things like that.

"I am looking at everything when I visit a college. I am trying to take everything in and learn as much about the school as I can."

Not all can digest all that Harris can.

Columbia Central head coach Howard Stone thinks his 2015 star is special.

"Jackson is an intelligent young man both in the classroom and on the football field," said Stone. "He understands things, he is patient, and he lets the offense work without getting frustrated.

"We use him as a tight end and an off-set fullback in our offense. He is a great stretch blocker, he can flex out, and he is just that traditional tight end. He is very balanced and he is very good."

Stone expected the offers to come Harris' way, maybe not as early as they started arriving, but he knows the school Harris selects will get a strong student-athlete.

"The school that Jackson chooses will be lucky. He is a great young man that will only make the team better and he will be no trouble. He is going to make the most of his opportunity on the next level."

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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