Brandon Harris has favorites

Brandon Harris was all set to play football at Stephen F. Austin after graduation from Paris High School in Texas in 2009. Due to qualification issues he landed at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, TX not too far from home. He's come into his own as a player for the TVCC Cardinal and currently holds a dozen Division 1 offers.

"The schools I have offers from are Texas Tech, TCU, Iowa State, UAB, UH (Houston), Ohio, Kansas State, Marshall, Southern Miss, Pitt, Missouri, and Texas-El Paso," said Brandon Harris.

Out of high school Stephen F. Austin was the only school to heavily recruit Harris, so it's evident he's elevated his game at TVCC.

"Coach (Jeff) Kelly and Coach (William) Reed have been a tremendous help to me here," Harris said. "All the experience and understanding of the game they have shared with me has made a huge difference in where I'm at today as a player."

Kansas State fans will certainly remember Jeff Kelly. He was a two-time All-Big 12 performer (1998 & 1999) and Defensive Player of the Year in the conference (1999) before spending five years in professional football with the Atlanta Falcons.

"I'd say the best part of my game is mostly my speed," Harris said. "I use my quickness to rush the quarterback or pursue the ball carrier. I'm leading my team in sacks, but my coach won't tell me how many I have because he wants me to stay hungry for more."

Playing JC ball on Saturdays hasn't allowed Harris a chance to visit the college campuses of the schools interested in his services. He says that will come at season's end.

"I know for sure I'm going to visit Iowa State, Marshall, and Kansas State," Harris said. "I've been to Houston, but it was on an unofficial visit. I'm hoping to be able to check out some more, but I don't know yet which ones."

At the present time two schools standout to Harris for one reason, their defense.

"Mostly my decision is going to be based on the defense the school runs," Harris said. "I like Kansas State. Their coaches have talked to me about the 3-4 defense they run, where I'd stand up and be an outside linebacker. This would allow me to rush the passer or drop back in coverage. I love outside linebacker. It's the position I played in high school.

"My other favorite is Houston. They want me to play on the line and mostly be a pass rusher which is what I do at Trinity Valley."

Harris, 6-3, 245, has helped the Cardinal to a 4-2 start. He's hoping to continue his strong play and finish his sophomore season strong.

"I'm going to work on getting better playing the run," Harris said. "It's probably the biggest thing I need to improve upon to complete my game. My grades are good. I've been working hard all year in the classroom."

Harris wears jersey No. 30 for TVCC. This weekend they play Blinn in a Southwest Conference game. He is set to graduate from Trinity Valley in May 2011.

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