Huskers offer versatile tight end

Bloodlines are good and Ian Harris has them. His brother was a division one player at a PAC 10 school. Harris has good size and very good speed for a tight end. It is his versatility though to line up next to the tackle or flex out, because he used to play receiver, that serve as his biggest strengths.

Ian Harris from San Antonio (Texas) Churchill has quietly been making a name as one of the better tight ends in Texas. It will help him this year that he will be on a pretty stout Churchill team.

"Yes sir, we're done," Harris said. "We are looking pretty good for next year. Our offense is looking pretty good and our defense has a lot of guys coming back from last year."

Harris had a very good junior campaign raking in consecutive district honors. "I think that I had 24 receptions for 275 yards and six touchdowns. I earned first team all-district. I earned that as a sophomore and a junior."

The evaluation period couldn't have gone much better for Harris. Going into the period, he didn't have any offers. After that process, as well as a trip to the Nike combine, he has some pretty impressive offers.

"It went better than I expected. I got a couple of offers over the spring. I am up to five or six offers right now. They're from Oklahoma State, Utah, Arizona, Nebraska and Missouri."

"I didn't have any of those offers before the evaluation period started, actually. The evaluation period and the Nike combine did me some good."

While Harris gives you want you want to have at tight end, not all of the schools see him playing offense. One such school spoke to Harris about playing defensive end which caught Harris off-guard considering he hasn't played defense for a while.

"Rice University called me a couple of weeks ago and tried to recruit me as a defensive end. It was kind of funny. I haven't played any defensive position since middle school. They just said that they were looking for athletic players. That was interesting."

What makes Harris a great prospect at tight end is his athletic ability and how that makes him versatile on the football field. He attributes it to playing multiple sports. "My versatility and athleticism. I play a lot of sports and do a lot of different things. I think that overall playing all of those different things have helped me in the game of football."

As mentioned before, Harris was very successful at the Nike combine and that directly led to him picking up some of the offers that he has. He isn't done getting out and taking a visit or making a camp or two. His first plans start this coming weekend.

"I went down to College Station. Overall, I think that I was in the top three in everything that I did against the other tight ends that were there. I was timed at 4.65 and 4.75 in the 40-yard dash. I measured in at 6-foot-3.5 and 222 pounds."

"I am headed out to UCLA this Saturday. I don't have an offer from them, but they just told me to be patient with their whole recruiting process. They also said that they are looking forward to having me come out. I am hoping that I might get one out there."

"On June 17 I am heading out to go to Nebraska. That is for camp. I am just heading up there for a one day camp. They just want to bring me up there, show me around and get a chance to introduce me to the coaches."

"I have two unofficial visits set up to see Arizona and Oklahoma State some time in mid-July. That is about it though after that."

Some people might take the five offers that you have and call it a top five, but Harris has had his eye on one team for some time now. The way that the tight end was used there in a game that he witnessed really started him thinking about himself playing in that offense.

"Right now my favorite is UCLA. Probably next would be Nebraska and third would probably be Arizona. I got a chance to see UCLA play last year when my brother was at Arizona. I just like how they use their tight end and the tradition that they have there."

"It's pretty much the same with Nebraska. They have great tradition. I remember watching them when I was a kid and rooting them on. I liked to watch Eric Crouch back then and players like that."

"My brother just graduated from Arizona, Gilbert Harris. He tells me a lot of good things about Arizona and I have known their coaching staff and everyone since my brother was a freshman. Coach Stoops and their athletic director are really doing a great job there."

His brother, a fullback, wasn't drafted, but was picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs. Harris spoke a little about a small sibling rivalry. "Yeah, he is a little ticked that I got a bit more height than he did. He is also a little upset that I am getting a little more recruiting attention than he did."

When it comes to making the decision it will come down to two things for Harris. "Playing time. That is about it. Playing time and location. I want to go somewhere that has nice weather, pretty much. Not necessarily somewhere close to home, but somewhere that it has sunny and cool weather too."

The decision to commit could come a short time after Harris takes in the camp at Nebraska. He wants to get the commitment out of the way to focus his attention on the team and his senior year.

"I will hopefully come to a decision by the end of July. About the time that we are getting ready to head back to school. I really want to make a decision so I can go into my senior year and not have to worry about anything and just concentrate on the season and get the process out of the way."

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