2011 Intro: Jarrod Spears

ANGIER, N.C. --- Like any spread offense, Harnett Central's is most effective when it gets reliable production out of both its pass and run games. While Brian Taylor provides the air attack, Jarrod Spears is the featured ‘back.

Last season as Harnett Central went 15-1 and reached the NCHSAA 4A state title game, Spears, a 5-foot-8, 175-pounder, rushed for 2,130 yards and 30 touchdowns on 294 carries (7.2-yard average).

Marc Morris, Harnett Central's head football coach, classifies Spears as a downhill runner with speed.

"He really runs in between the tackles real well," Morris said. "He's a fast player, but he runs between the tackles better than anyone we've seen.

"He understands how to play the position – he's not trying to play around. If it's a three-yard play, he's going to lower his head and get three yards.

"But he's also prone to big plays. He's fast enough to break it and get out in the open."

At the U.S. Army All-American National Combine, Spears ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash. A year earlier, he clocked a 4.48-second 40-yard dash at the Shuman Underclassman Combine.

On passing downs last season, Spears was used as an extra blocker.

"Getting him out in the passing game more is something we're going to explore this year," Morris said. "We already know he's a great pass catcher, because he played receiver for us as a sophomore.

"He'll allow us to run five-wide sets without having to bring in another person."

During his sophomore season, Spears played inside receiver, which in Harnett Central's offense is basically a hybrid receiver/running back.

"They're tailbacks in our offense, too, we just have them out wide" Morris said.

Spears, who holds a 3.3 grade-point average, also runs track for Harnett Central, where he participates in the 100- and 200-meter dash, and 4x100 and 4x200 relays.

Spears' junior season accomplishments coupled with his combine performances have attracted interest from several colleges throughout the region. He is awaiting his first scholarship offer, but is hearing from Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest.

Over the summer, Spears plans to camp at Duke, UNC, and NC State in hopes of improving his recruiting stock.

Two weekends back, Spears attended Duke's Junior Day. He has also attended a football game at Duke, as well as NC State.

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