If I told you that the recently named Gatorade
Player of the
Year and State Farm Player of the Year Troy Harris didn't have any
would you be shocked? Because, I know that when I found that out I was.
Troy Harris receives the "Bill Gentry" Player of the year award.
I recently spoke to the 5'11" 165lb Harris about football on the next level and was shocked to find out that he hasn't received any offers yet. "I'm starting to hear from a lot of schools," said Harris. "I just got off the phone with the Head Coach of Illinois St. Albany is talking with me, I've spoken with Northern Iowa and Ft. Lewis (CO) to name a few."
How about some of the in state schools? "Eastern and Highlands have been in touch," said Harris. As far as the two D-I schools in the state Troy may be a victim or circumstance as both New Mexico and NMSU had a regime change at the end of the season. "Prior to Coach Long's staff leaving I was being recruited by Coach Danny Gonzales. I have met Coach Locksley and he is a great guy, so I hope that UNM really takes a good look at me. New Mexico State has also been in contact with me but they haven't named a coach yet so we will have to see what happens there."
As a fan you can't help but be frustrated that New Mexico football products do not receive more national exposure. Harris rushed for over 2,000 yards this season! Not only that he is a good person. RRHS Mike Worley said, "Troy is one of those guys I call a 15 year player. You know, a player that you see once every 15 years. I wish I could hold onto him forever."
What makes Troy a good player? "He is unselfish," says Worley. "I know that sounds weird saying that about a player that goes for over 2,000 yards, but Troy utilizes every bit of talent he has and is the type of player that utilizes the talent of his teammates around him, making them better players." Later when I interviewed Troy he echoed what his coach said, "Our coaches and seniors this year were really good. I couldn't have put up the numbers I did without them."
Both Harris and Coach Worley agreed that Troy's biggest strength is his competitiveness and desire to win. "I don't go down on 1st contact," said Troy. "I work hard to succeed, not just on the field, but in the class room, weight room, and away from football."
So while Troy Harris may not have that first offer yet, don't think he is sitting around waiting for it. "I'm going to continue working with my coaches," says Harris. "I'm also going to continue working to get bigger, faster, and stronger."