Columbia Central – Columbia, Tenn.
No. 170 overall player in the country
No. 6 TE in the country
No. 5 overall player in Tennessee
Georgia’s “Tight End U” added Jackson Harris to its position fraternity this spring.
Harris, the four-star recruit out of Tennessee, had watched Arthur Lynch play at Georgia for the past few years and felt he was a “perfect fit” for that position with the Bulldogs.
And now, he’ll be wearing the same number Lynch once wore: 88.
"Everything just clicked at Georgia," Harris said. "It is just the best fit for me and that is why I committed to Georgia. From the players to the coaches to the town, Georgia was the best fit for me.”
With a totally renovated Georgia offense, Harris will be on level playing field to earn his spot at tight end in the fall. After seeing Jeb Blazevich, a close friend of Harris’s, create a name for himself during 2014, Harris will have someone to teach the ropes.
And with Georgia having a young signal-caller stepping in next season, Harris’s height and hands will make him an easy target.
"I don't really know exactly why I fit in so well there,” Harris said. “It is Coach Lilly and the guy and coach he is. Maybe it is how Coach Lilly and Coach Mark Richt being strong Christians. That is important to me too.”
Once he made his decision, Harris, the No. 2 tight end in the South according to Scout, started doing a bit of his own recruiting for the Bulldogs. Harris told Scout that he had been talking to fellow Tennessean Rico McGraw about committing to the G.
As good friends with offensive line commit Sage Hardin, look for the two to be roommates once Hardin is on campus.
HONORS: Scout.com four-star prospect, #170 ranked overall player in the country, #6 ranked TE nationally, #2 in the South, #5 ranked overall player in Tennessee… PrepStar Magazine #225 ranked player nationally… Named to the 2015 Tennessean All-Midstate team... Played in the 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Game
SCOUTING: Harris is an old-school type tight end, but still athletic. He is not the hybrid that are more big wide receivers, but he is a three down tight end who can block, catch and move the chains. He can be an inline blocker, and he is physical at the point of attack. He can also release off the ball and make the catch. He has very good, reliable hands, and he has good quickness out of his cuts for his size. He size is a weapon as well. - Chad Simmons
LEGGE’S QUESTION: How will Jackson find his way through this crowded tight end spot in Athens?
LEGGE’S THOUGHTS: Big and perhaps not as rangy as Jeb Blazevich, Jackson Harris walks into a crowded tight end spot his first season in Athens. But Georgia has to have tight ends in the system that it runs, and Jackson was one of the best available ones out there in the country. Expect Harris to play tight end with some emphasis on blocking more than some of the other players at that spot in the past. He’s more traditional in that sense.