Calif. DB Wide Open

One of the top defensive backs in the west has been on the Michigan radar for some time. <b>Will Harris</b> from Charter Oak High School in Covina, Calif. told GoBlueWolverine Magazine on Wednesday he has the Wolverines high on his list. GBW also spoke with his coach, Lou Farrar, about his star player.

Will Harris is a multi-sport star excelling in football, basketball, and track. He reports offers from all the Pac-10 schools except for Stanford and Cal, along with San Diego State. But there are some out-of-region schools that are high on this talented athlete's list. "I like Michigan and Oklahoma," Harris said. "Colorado has been showing some interest too. I've been talking to Michigan about an offer but I don't have one yet."

It's been reported that the two local schools, USC and UCLA, are leading the pack for the 6 foot 2, 195-pound standout. "I don't know why everybody keeps saying that," he said. "I don't have any favorites now, they all lead. I'm not really paying much attention to recruiting right now, my coach is handling all that."

GBW received a phone call on Wednesday from the Charter Oak coach. Once again a relationship with Michigan defensive backs coach Ron English is involved. English has responsibility for recruiting the west and is from the Southern California area. "I've known Ron English for years, even before he went to Michigan" Lou Farrar, head football coach at Charter Oak, said. "Michigan has been on Will the longest, since he was a sophomore. He (English) is recruiting Will for the cornerback spot but there are also schools that are recruiting him for basketball. Oregon has offered for both sports and SC and UCLA may do the same. He's a great basketball player but I believe his future is with football." Farrar said Harris has a 42-inch vertical leap and is a 6-6 to 6-8 high jumper.

Harris said that schools are recruiting him for a variety of positions, "But I prefer free-safety," he said. Harris' brother, Mike, plays for Idaho State and he is friends with Delware defensive back David Boller, both are graduates of Charter Oak. He said he has family in Washington as well but none of those factors will influence his decision. "I'm looking for a school with great academics, I want to be sports agent, plus a school with a great football program, and a coaching staff that I'm comfortable with." He reports a 2.8 grade point average and his coach told GBW Harris scored an 1100 on the SAT.

Harris didn't attend any Nike or MSL camps but did make to the UCLA one-day camp this past Sunday. As for any others, he said he would attend one school camp. "All the coaches say they want me to attend their camp," he said. "Whoever pushes me the hardest to attend their summer camp, that's where I'll go." He reports a 4.58 time in the 40 but is working to get that down. "That's probably my one weakness," he said. "I'm working hard on my speed." Harris said he is working out with former Washington State cornerback Jason David, who was drafted this year by the Indianapolis Colts.

Harris said he will take visits at the end of the season. "I want to go to Oklahoma, one of the Washington schools, Michigan, Oregon and Oregon State," he said. "I'll make my decision after I take all the visits."

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