Cajun Connection

Tylor Harris (Baton Rouge, LA) leaves nearly 1000 miles from Northwestern, but that hasn't stopped him from being very interested in playing football at NU.

Harris, a defensive end at Episcopal High School, said that the distance between home and Northwestern isn't too much of a problem for him.

"I talked to (Northwestern linebackers) Coach Bates, and he said I'd be able to find cheap flights home," Harris said. "I have friends like Zack Oliver there, so we could all take a road trip or take a flight together to Baton Rouge, so I wouldn't be alone."

Harris said he found out about Northwestern through several teammates, and has been in contact with Coach Bates and NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald.

"They told me about how they run they're program, and that they think I'd be a good fit," he said. "They're pretty interested in me and trying to get an offer, they just have to get my transcript to get me academically certified before scholarship offer."

Harris has not visited Evanston, and doesn't plan to this summer. He will, however, make an official visit to Northwestern in December. He said he has made plans with Coach Fitzgerald to see a bowl practice, and to meet with several players from the team.

Harris said he likes Northwestern all around, but is interested specifically because of the school's academics and the football team's style of play.

"I like the academics at Northwestern, and the way they play," he said. "The way they play as a team is interesting. Mostly I like the speed. I like how they attack the game, and how they have that underdog attack toward the game."

Harris holds offers from Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, North Texas, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Tulane, and Western Kentucky. Though he does not have an offer from Northwestern, he said his interest remains high.

"I have a couple of schools up there, but no set list or order because I have to visit schools and talk to coaches. But I do have some top schools," Harris said. "[Northwestern] is pretty high, they're up there in that top list."

Harris' plans to visit Northwestern in December won't be an issue, as the defensive lineman said he is in no rush to make a decision.

"I'm trying to take my time with the decision to make sure that I make the right choice," Harris said.

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