Post-Signing Day Evaluation: Harris

CycloneNation.com is breaking down Iowa State's football recruiting class of 2005, one by one. The 11th in a series of 25 player evaluations is Clearwater (Fla.) running back Jason Harris.

Jason Harris
Running Back
Clearwater, Fla. (Clearwater HS)
5-11/200/4.4
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The Particulars -- First-team all-state defensive back selection in Class 5A (Florida Sports Writers Association), despite being better known for his offensive skills ... finished career with 3,226 yards and 29 touchdowns ... three-year letterwinner ... Pinellas all-star game participant ... first-team all-county and all-conference ... second-team all-Suncoast ... ran for 1,253 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior ... also returned a punt for a touchdown ... NewsChannel 8 Gridiron Player of the Week ... all-district and honorable mention all-conference as a junior after rushing for 1,006 yards and nine touchdowns ... coached by Tom Bostic ... also participated in track and basketball.

Seals' scouting report – One of the stories of ISU's recruiting class was its ability to close on first-tier recruits, and Harris was one of those A-list players that committed late. Gives ISU the total package from a running back, in that he mixes his speed and quickness with a 200-pound frame. Fellow classmate Dominique Rocker will be the biggest tailback this fall, and Harris will easily be the fastest. Also a capable defensive back, his closing speed and tackling ability was evident on tape.

ISU secondary coach Chris Ash on Harris – "He is a different style of running back than Rocker. He's got more speed, and is a 10.6 100-meter guy that qualified for state last year. Jason is probably not the quickest and shiftiest guy, but he does have a good combination of speed and power. He's a well-built kid that can either run you over or run around you. We recruited him to play running back, but if it doesn't work out he could play another position. He's a good all-around football player."

Short-term outlook -- Could likely be looking at a redshirt year, given the return of tailbacks Stevie Hicks, Jason Scales, and addition of a bigger, more physical Dominique Rocker. But Harris' return skills could land him a role on special teams if the coaching staff decides to pull the redshirt early.


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