Two-time league MVP back to wide open

NOT TOO OFTEN you see a league MVP at linebacker make the move to quarterback and again earn the league MVP award -- on offense this time -- all the while leading his team to a state finals berth. But Jason Harris out of Issaquah's Skyline High will do just that when the 6-foot-1 lefty takes the field in Washington's 4A title game for the second straight year this Saturday. Meanwhile on the recruiting front, things have changed for Harris with regard to Oregon State.

Harris received his first offer from Oregon State back in August, but that is now no longer on the table.

"I had an offer from Oregon State as an athlete but that's kind of fallen through because they filled up real fast," said Harris.

Oregon State has told Harris (6-1, 205, 4.6) they are continuing to evaluate him as a quarterback.

Harris had been hearing from Washington and Washington State earlier in the recruiting year but hasn't had much time for recruiting given Skyline's playoff run.

"I'm pretty much open to any college," said Harris.

AFTER CRACKING PADS on defense last year, Harris has put together a phenomenal season as Skyline's quarterback. He's completed 163 of 259 for 2,679 yards and 32 TDs and thrown just four interceptions. In addition to his 63 percent completion rate, Harris has racked up 719 yards and another 16 touchdowns on the ground.

Earlier this year Harris was playing some spot defense at his old position of linebacker but that's done. Harris is just too valuable running the show on offense to risk an injury pulling double duty at linebacker. Take the clash with No. 3 Pasco in the first round of the playoffs..

Skyline ran a total of 69 offensive plays, 64 of them involving Harrison. Thirty-two passing attempts for 226 yards and a touchdown. Another 32 rushing attempts for 91 yards and a touchdown. Total offense by Skyline: 328 yards, with 317 of those hashes coming from Harris.

"The only thing I'm concerned about is the game this weekend," said Harris, who downplays his accomplishments this season and the league MVPs on both defense and offense. "As a quarterback, I feel very fortunate because the receivers have made as successful as I am, as has the o-line, too. I owe them a lot of credit."

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