But the 5-foot-8, 175-pounder from Hyde Leadership High in Hamden, Conn., can give any of them a run for their money. He ran a 4.3-second 40-yard dash at Florida States summer camp last year.
Hes an explosive athlete, Hyde coach John Acquavita said. He has an extra gear. Without seeing him, its tough to explain.
Acquavita said Harriott was a threat to score every time he touched the ball for the Howling Wolves. He caught 33 passes for 778 yards as a senior, which factors out to better than 23 yards per grab. And most of the catches came on dumps near the line of scrimmage, which Harriott would turn into big-gainers.
I think Penn State has plans to put him somewhere in the backfield, Acquavita said. Somewhere he can use his explosiveness to make plays. Probably as a slot player.
Harriott brings more than pure athletic ability to the table. Hyde is a magnet school, a public institution designed to attract students of different racial and ethnic backgrounds for the purpose of reducing, preventing or eliminating racial isolation and/or provide an academic or social focus on a particular theme, according to the schools web site. Students must apply to a lottery to be chosen for the magnet school.
Hydes theme, according to Acquavita, is character first.
The coach said Harriott fits the mold perfectly, off the field and on. And, after leading Hyde to a 40-5 mark during his career including a 12-0 run as a senior the young athlete knows a thing or two about winning.
Hes never lost at any level, from Pop Warner through high school, Acquavita said. I think thats the same with a lot of the players they have coming into the program. No matter where he plays, hell help them win.
Hes gonna come in and expect to win, the coach added. I think thats contagious.