Pack, Gators Battle for Harris

Over the summer Maurice Harris listed NC State as his favorite. Is the Pack still in the lead?

Over the summer Homestead, FL linebacker Maurice Harris listed NC State as his favorite. Is the Pack still in the lead?

"NC State and Florida are my two favorites right now," said Harris, a three-star outside linebacker. "I'm also looking at Arizona State and Wisconsin, but they're a little bit behind the other two."

While the Pack and Gators lead, Harris' only official visit thus far has been to Arizona State.

"I went out there a couple of weeks ago and had a pretty good time. It seems like a good place to go to school and play football. I'm still thinking about them right now. I'm going to visit the others, I just haven't set the dates up yet."

Homestead is 6-3 on the year with one regular season game remaining before the playoffs. The speedy 6-1, 190-pound weakside linebacker has racked up 70 tackles and five sacks through nine games.

The possibility of being involved in a drawn out recruiting battle with Urban Meyer might seem daunting, but the Pack has a few things working in their favor.

"NC State has been recruiting me real hard for a long time," he said. "I feel some loyalty to them, because I know they've wanted me there right from the start. They're recruiting Jameil [Farrington] too, so that's working in their favor. They recruited my brother (Mark Harris) a couple of years ago, and I've been following them since then. I know more about them than a lot of other schools.

"It will probably come down the visits and what I find out about things like academics and the school. I don't think I can go wrong with any of the schools I'm looking at."

NOTES: Physically, Harris is one of the most impressive linebackers you will find. He has outstanding quickness and athleticism, and this year he hopes to showcase his talents for Homestead (FL) High.

After starting as a sophomore at Homestead, Harris transferred to a school in Georgia where he lived with his mom. He's back at Homestead for his senior season and has the coaches very excited. He starred at middle linebacker this spring for Homestead, but he projects as a weakside linebacker or strong safety on the next level.

Harris already has offers from NC State, Florida, Auburn, and Mississippi, and more are sure to follow with a strong senior season. Harris teams up with Jameil Farrington and Alphonso Bryant to form a strong nucleus at Homestead.

SCOUTING REPORT: "Maurice Harris is a very instinctive linebacker that closes very well on the ball and does a great job in space for pass coverage. His tackling form could work on getting his head across, but any time he touches his man Harris will bring him to the ground. Harris reads plays well while reacting correctly and quickly. His size is a concern, standing just over six feet and under 200 pounds, but he can play strong safety or linebacker." -- Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit

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