2011 Intro: Maurice Harris

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- Despite playing alongside an All-American in Keenan Allen, Maurice Harris led Northern Guilford in receiving last season.

"His hands are as good as anyone we have or has played for us," Northern head football coach Johnny Roscoe said.

Last season Harris, a 6-foot-2, 194-pounder, caught 47 passes for 1,110 yards and 18 touchdowns.

"As a receiver, he can do anything we ask of him – he can do deep, he can be a red zone target," Roscoe said. "He's such that if you back off of him, we'll throw slants to him. If you play him tight, we'll go over the top."

Harris also started at cornerback last season, where he recorded eight interceptions and 32 tackles.

Harris began his high school career as a quarterback at Northeast Guilford High School. Following his freshman season, his family moved into Northern's district and Harris was subsequently converted to wide receiver.

"We had Rocco Scarfone at quarterback the year before and I knew we could create some problems if we had Maurice on one side and Keenan on the other," Roscoe said.

Harris ended his sophomore season with 23 catches for 417 yards and eight touchdowns.

"[Moving to wide receiver] really didn't matter to me," Harris said. "I just wanted to help the team. I just did what I could.

"I really didn't know, at first, how it was going to go. I did pretty well at it and now I'm doing alright, so [the move] was a good thing."

Although he hasn't started at quarterback, Harris has taken snaps from under center the past two seasons. He has thrown six touchdown passes, and also accumulated 391 yards on 14-of-20 passing and 213 yards on 28 rushes.

"He gives us an option that we can move him around [and] put him at quarterback," Roscoe said. "… Those are the things that give us a more versatile offense."

In addition to helping Northern post an all-time record of 22-3 (the school has only played two seasons of varsity football), Harris' move to wide receiver has led to approximately ten scholarship offers. Highlighting his list of offers are Alabama, California, Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, and NC State.

Harris has said in the past that he'd like to play with Allen, who is his cousin, in college. Allen, as well as fellow former teammates Gabe King and Chris McCain, signed with California in February.

"I'm going to keep my options open and go where it's best for me," Harris said.

Harris doesn't have any favorite schools and isn't sure when he'll make a verbal commitment.

"[I'm looking for a school with] good academics, where I feel I'm going to fit in, [and] I'm trying to get on the field as early as I can," Harris said.

Last summer, Harris camped at Alabama, California, Clemson, and Oregon. He's considering returning to Alabama's, California's, and Clemson's camps this summer.

A broken leg suffered during a basketball game has prevented Harris from taking many recruiting trips the past several months. He has, though, attended junior days at Clemson and UNC.

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