Louisiana Tech Offers Harris

Tylor Harris of Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge received his first scholarship offer this week, and it came from the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

"Yesterday, I called Coach (Sonny) Dykes and he offered me," said Tylor Harris (6-3, 245). "He said I'm the type of player they're looking for - that I can make an impact as a freshman. He said I'm a good player who could help them out; Tech has two seniors at my position.

"I was pretty excited. It was a great way to kick-start everything with recruiting. It shows that my hard work is paying off."

Last year, the Harris-led Episcopal Knights won their first nine games of the season and advanced to the second round of the Class 2A playoffs. The junior was named first-team all-state after racking up 55 tackles, 27 of which came behind the line of scrimmage. He also notched eight sacks.

"It was an amazing season," Harris exclaimed. "We had a great team bond where not only the seniors stepped up, but also the juniors and even all the way down to the freshmen."

At the recent U.S. Army Junior Combine, Harris proved without a doubt that he can compete against the best offensive linemen from around the country.

"I used my speed on the outside," he said. "My speed is my usual initial attack. If an offensive lineman brings me trouble because of his quick feet, then I go with my power moves. Some of the offensive linemen at the combine gave me problems, but I thought I did well."

Harris has plenty of strength, as evidenced by his state championship showing in the shot put as a sophomore. He's an elite performer in that event, having finished second in the Junior Olympics.

Which other schools are showing interest and does he have any plans to visit Louisiana Tech?

"Texas A&M and LSU are probably my favorites," he said. "A&M wants me to come to their spring game. LSU has invited me to their spring game. I like Nebraska, but I was a little frustrated to find out they don't have my major at their campus.

"I want to major in chemical engineering or architecture, and I'm keeping Tech in mind, in case things don't work out with the bigger schools. I know Tech has good programs in both of those fields. I'm going to visit Tech for their Junior Day.

"I'm also interested in Notre Dame and Stanford. Notre Dame is a good academic school. I was very excited to hear from Stanford. That's like my dream school. If you get a degree from Stanford, then you're set up for life."

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