Richardson (Texas) Prep on a Mission

Some college coaches can't do enough recruiting of kids with good bloodlines, players whose brothers or fathers played in the college or professional ranks. A defensive back from Richardson (Texas) Pearce High School has those bloodlines and appreciates all of the comparisons to his father. But he also wants to start making a name for himself. He'll try doing that next week at Iowa State's padded camp.

The Cyclones are set to host Matt Harris, the son of former Dallas Cowboy Cliff Harris, who played defensive back during their glory days of the 1970s.

"It's actually real exciting to be going up to Iowa State, because all of my life I've been having to look up to my dad because he played pro," Harris said. "I've had to live up to his name. Now it's finally time to see if I can do it – go up to the Iowa State camp and perform at a big D-I school's camp. I want to play my best against all of the other campers up there and make a name for myself. Hopefully I'll be able to play up there next season."

When Harris says he wants to play at ISU, he's not kidding. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound cornerback/free safety wants to play at the highest level and has already developed a good relationship with area recruiter Tony Alford.

"I knew Iowa State was a D-I school, but it's a Big 12 Conference program," Harris said. "I had never really heard from many northern schools, but then Iowa State called. They play Oklahoma, go to bowl games, and have BCS bowl chances. They are a very competitive D-I football school, which I like a lot. They're definitely one of my favorites right now.

"I really like Coach Alford because is just so energetic. He talked to me 30 minutes just about football, where he played, how I liked football, school and my dad."

Along with having contact with the Cyclones, Harris has received interest from Arkansas, Richmond, VMI and SMU.

Harris' junior season was cut short three games due to a broken elbow he sustained in his team's Homecoming game. However, he still managed to make 10 pass breakups, three interceptions, and 40 tackles.

When Harris was on the field he displayed the tendencies and maturity of the son of a former NFL player.

"Probably my awareness and reaction time are the biggest things," Harris said. "I have great instincts. Last season before I got hurt, my coach would make me go to the strong receiving side every time and cover the tallest, fastest receiver they had. I stuck right on them, hip to hip and made a few pass breakups and interceptions."

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