DE Very High on UM

If Courtney Harris isn't on a football field or in the weight room during the offseason training for the upcoming season, then there's a pretty good chance you'll find him at the local gym playing basketball.

I caught up with him there recently and talked football with the Jupiter standout.

"I've been playing ball since my freshman year," Harris said. "I played down (JV) that year but then I got moved up (to varsity). I was so hyped up that I was ready to crack heads with anyone. I wanted people to notice me."

After spending some time in the starting lineup as a sophomore, Harris became a full-time starter last season and that's when everyone in the area began to notice him.

"We need to figure out a way to get him blocked," one opposing coach told me recently when I inquired about Harris. "He lit a lot of people up last season."

The talented defensive end, who stands 6-3 and 230 pounds, finished the year with 55 tackles and eight sacks. He said he wants even more this year.

"My biggest goal this season is just don't give up on any play," he said. "I just want to keep getting better and better out there."

Harris, who also plays varsity basketball, said he has two things that separate him from other top defensive end prospects.

"I am quicker than most guys my size and I use that to beat my opponent and I feel like I play with more passion than most guys," he said. "You have to be fired up on a football field, especially on defense."

Harris certainly has college coaches fired up about his future. He estimated about 25 phone calls from college coaches last month alone.

"Everybody was calling it seemed," he said. "The ones I have the most interest in are Miami, Florida, and LSU. That would be the top three right there."

When asked to talk about what he likes about each of his three favorites, Harris decided to talk about just one of them.

"I really like Miami," he said. "They want me. They said they'll be recruiting me hard. Miami's a great place to be for a defensive lineman and I feel like I can compete with those guys."

Harris, who will likely get a load of offers after his SAT scores come back in later this month, plans on camping at Down & Dirty for the first session (June 25).

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