Signee Update: Kenneth Harris

Kenneth Harris will arrive at North Carolina on June 15 as a SAM linebacker. However, there's no telling what position group the 6-foot-4, 221-pounder will be working with nearly two months later when the Tar Heels begin preseason practice.

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"It's still uncertain [where I'll end up]," Harris said. "Because of the positions I played in high school – corner, safety, linebacker, tight end – [the UNC coaches] said I was pretty versatile so I could come in and make an impact at a number of places."

As long as he's on the field, Harris isn't concerned with where he's placed. He said he would, though, prefer to line up on offense as a receiving option.

At Decatur (Ga.) Columbia High School, Harris caught four touchdown passes during his senior year. He also recorded 62 tackles and two interceptions while playing safety.

According to Harris, UNC has told him he may not red-shirt this coming season.

"Coach ‘Thig' [Tommy Thigpen] said if I learn the position I play on defense and learn the defense, I could see time on the field pretty early," Harris said. "But if I don't, I would be a special teams-type player."

The wild card with Harris is his size. He headed into his senior football season at 6-foot-3. During his UNC official visit, the staff measured him at 6-foot-4 ½ and his doctor says he could get even taller.

Furthermore, Harris has a frame that will support as much weight as required for the position he eventually settles into. He currently weighs 221 pounds and hopes to be at least 225 when he arrives on campus.

Harris' pursuit of weight gain is facing a major obstacle that has limited his ability to follow the workout routine UNC sent him.

"Our school doesn't have a weight room; they're doing renovations," Harris said. "So I've been pushing tires and everything my coach has me doing. But as far as the sprints, I've been following UNC's [regimen]."

After taking the winter sports season off, Harris played first base for Columbia's baseball team, earning All-County honors. On the season, Harris batted .419, knocked out four home runs, and collected 30 RBI. He also closed several games at pitcher.

Harris says he has been completely cleared the NCAA Clearinghouse.

In honor of his favorite player, the late Sean Taylor, Harris said he would like to wear jersey No. 21 for UNC. He sported No. 4 at Columbia.

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