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Get To Know Ohio State Signee Jaylen Harris

With a total of 21 new players set to join the program for 2017, we'll be posting a quick breakdown on a player a day so you can learn more about the new Buckeyes. Next up, wide receiver Jaylen Harris.

ACCOLADES: Harris caught 53 passes for 820 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior and was named first-team Associated Press Division I all-state. His 42 receptions for 796 yards and five touchdowns during his junior season led to him being named All-Lake Erie League, all-District and All-Cuyahoga County.

HARRIS SAYS: “Ohio State has always been my dream school growing up. They were one of the only schools I really knew about and watched throughout my childhood. The way I looked at it was I could not go wrong at Ohio State with football or my education. I built great relationships with the coaching staff throughout the recruiting process, and Ohio State felt like home.”

EXPERT’S TAKE: “He can be a different type of deep threat, not so much as (former Ohio State wide receiver) Devin Smith that runs by everybody. But just a guy that is a deep threat just because he can physically overpower guys and he can go up and get the football. He’s a guy that you can throw him the ball even when he’s covered. You can throw him open, he’ll go get it and overpower guys. His deep threat won’t be 4.4 speed, running by people. It will be just physically overpowering people for the football.” – Bill Greene

PERSONAL: Harris is the son of Angela and Ronnie Harris. He plans to pursue the sports man- agement field and possibly become an agent. Harris also excels on the basketball court, being named 2015-16 Associated Press All-Northeast District as a junior after averaging 14.8 points per game.

2017 OUTLOOK: The wide receiver position was one of the least productive for Ohio State in 2016 outside of Curtis Samuel and Noah Brown. That said, the Buckeyes have plenty of young talent at the position following the 2017 recruiting class that saw Harris, Trevon Grimes and Ellijah Gardiner all  join Zach Smith's unit. With Samuel and Brown both gone to the NFL, Harris likely will get a chance at playing time in 2017 but will have to compete with other unproven talent. 

COMMIT DATE: Jan. 13, 2017

This bio was originally published in Buckeye Sports Bulletin, the newspaper “For The Buckeye Fan Who Needs To Know More." For four free trial issues of Buckeye Sports Bulletin with no obligation, click here.


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