'13 WR Paul Harris, mom, & Michigan (Part 1)

With seemingly one spot left at receiver in the 2013 class, Michigan recently sent out an offer to Maryland WR Paul Harris. In part one, Harris tells GBW about his relationship with Coach Mallory, what former Wolverine he grew up watching, and an unexpected advocate for the Maize and Blue.

The Michigan football coaching staff continues to leave no stone unturned as they scour the country looking for talent to add to an already stellar 2013 recruiting class.

Recently Michigan made a trip down to Upper Marlboro, Maryland to check in on and offer a rising 2013 receiver in Frederick Douglass HS wideout Paul Harris.

"I want to say about two weeks ago," said Harris about the in-school visit. "A coach (Curt Mallory) stopped by, and it was around the end of the day. And first he said that we're going to offer you. And then he said he was going to make it official when he calls the head coach after he got in the car and then he told me he'd call me later on … and he offered me."

Although it was the first time Harris interacted with a Michigan coach in person, it wasn't the first time the Maryland product had ever seriously considered the Wolverines.

"It was pretty good, you know, cause Michigan has always been a big school for me," said Harris. "I grew up liking Michigan cause Steve Breaston went there, and when I was growing up that was one of my favorite receivers."

Harris said he doesn't necessarily pattern his game after the former big play threat in Ann Arbor but humbly feels like there's a reason college coaches keep inquiring about him.

"I don't want to say strengths," said Harris. "I just want to say I'm good at them, because strengths means you're like 95% there and I don't think I'm there yet. I think I'm getting there, you know, I work out everyday doing track and football. I think I'm getting my strengths. I'm good at being a wide receiver, that's why I have these offers. But if everything was a strength I don't think they (schools) would be on me so hard because I would have no room to improve. I think these college coaches are coming at me because they see the talent that I have and how each one of them can help me in a different way."

When Michigan defensive backs coach Curt Mallory came to see Harris, it was actually Harris' mother that took center stage to get a feel for what the Wolverines have to offer.v "He came in there and talked to my mom for a little bit cause, you know, he can't really speak to us," said Harris. "My mom really likes him. I'd have to say that's probably the first coach my mom was like, ‘Oh I really like him.' I think she really likes Michigan because I was at school, and she works at the school, but she printed out Michigan's roster, all their wide receiver records … so I think she really likes them. I like Michigan, I don't know what school I really like though because I just haven't been around them that much."

With so many different schools, including Michigan, coming after Harris, having his mom the Wolverines' corner right now may be significant.

"She likes Michigan," said Harris again of his mom. "That's what she preaches to me. Then again she doesn't want to like this school so much, so much that we're going to weed out other schools. So that's why we don't have a top yet because we don't want to weed out anybody right now—because we know anything could change."

In Part Two of GBW's interview with Harris, the 6'4 athlete details his plans for a summer visit to Ann Arbor, what factors will be most important in his ultimate decision, and how much of an impact his mom will have moving forward.

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