Could Harris be the Top WR in the Region?

The top wide receiver in North Carolina almost did not happen over the summer with a new head coach at his school. However, a strong showing this season has this receiver as one of the fastest risers in the nation with offers from four schools and a fifth sitting on the edge of doing so.

Cherryville (NC) wide receiver Kenneth Harris has an impressive highlight tape and story, but how was he not found before now?

"Kenneth was a kid that his freshman year sat behind a senior quarterback all year," says Cherryville head coach Richard Davis." He started his sophomore year at quarterback, but broke his wrist. His junior year, the coach ran the ball 80 percent of the time, and the only time they threw it was a deep ball. Sometimes it was on target to Kenneth, sometimes it wasn't."

When coach Davis arrived, one of his players said that Cherryville had a great receiver that was not going to play football.

"I spoke with him on the phone and asked him to just come visit with me. I had no idea what he was like, but as soon as he walked in the door I realized just what kind of talent we had. I promised him we would throw the ball his way twelve times per game, and I could tell he liked that idea."

Not only did they throw it Harris' way, but also on reverses and other variations predicating much of the offense around the 6-foot-4, 185 pounder with consistent 4.5 speed. This season, after finishing last year with 400 receiving yards and not playing receiver before that, Harris finished with 72 catches for 1482 yards and 16 touchdowns and becoming the Gaston County record holder for receiving yards in a career.

"In our last game, the defense had a corner playing on him, a linebacker moving over to watch him, and a safety lined up directly over to help out as well. He finished the game with 6 catches for over 100 yards."

Before the season, Harris thought his future would be in basketball as UNC-Asheville offered him a scholarship during his junior year.

"After he had all those stats this year in football, I was surprised that coaches had not heard about him. I sent out a tape to some of the schools he mentioned, and we have had some positive feedback."

Currently, the offers on the table include Georgia, Virginia, NC State, and North Carolina, with Florida very interested.

"Florida says that they have three offers out to receivers, but if any of them do not commit, they would offer Kenneth."

Kenneth and Coach Davis are visiting Georgia this weekend for and unofficial visit, but Harris will visit Virginia next weekend for an official visit.

Are there any leaders for the receiver with a 39.5 inch vertical?

"I like NC State, but I don't think their offer is official yet. I really like the other teams as well, and I want to visit with them."

Harris also attended the basketball Nike Camp over the summer, doing well in it as a point guard, and Harris could request to walk on to one of the basketball teams.

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