Missouri Signs DE Diamond In The Rough

The Missouri Tigers football program signed an off the radar Kansas City defensive end prospect from Lincoln Prep in Charles Harris, who was a little better known for his basketball ability. ShowMeMizzou.com has insight from his coach on what type of player he is.

Kansas City (MO) Lincoln Prep DE Charles Harris, 6'4" 220 4.6 forty yard time, is a big explosive athlete with some speed. However, his recruitment he could never be as explosive as his recruitment was this past week.

The talented Harris, known more for his play on the basketball court then the football field, was fielding some lower level basketball offers, as well as some D2 football offers from colleges up until the middle of last week. Then, things changed according to Lincoln Prep head coach Lee Allen.

"Everything happened very fast, "said Allen. " Coach Hill came by last week and said he had heard about Charlie and wanted to find out more about him. He must have liked what he saw because Missouri had him up for a visit on Saturday and then they offered him on Monday of this week, and here we are today with Charlie signing with the Tigers."

Coach Allen was grateful to the Missouri coaches for giving Harris this opportunity.

"All Charles needs is a chance. I am very thankful to Mizzou for taking a chance on Charles. He is definitely a diamond in the rough that has been overlooked. Kids in the inner-city schools like were are don't seem to get the attention they deserve, but there are a lot of athletes here who can play ball. Charles Harris is one of them," he said.

I asked Coach Allen to break down his star player for me?

"Charles is a very talented athlete, but also a hard worker. He is a blue collar guy who lives in the weight room and the gym working to get better. On the football field he played OLB/DE for us and had senior stats of 60 tackles and 12 sacks. He has only played football for two years now and his best football is ahead of him. He is physical, explosive off the ball and very quick coming off the edge. On offense, we would use him when we thought we had a mismatch and would get him the ball. He obviously has good hands from playing basketball. Charles is a 4.6-4.7 guy in the forty at 220lbs and is fast enough that I had him run sprints in track for me. I thought putting him in the blocks would help him coming out of his three point stance, and it did. He has a lot of upside and that is what Missouri liked."

ShowMeMizzou.com will have more on Charles Harris later.

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