Focus 2008: Fla QB Jacory Harris

Miami Northwestern High School's Jacory Harris (6'4 180) had an extraordinary junior campaign, as the QB played an integral part in his team's state championship. The first year starter set records with 2900 yards passing, 38 TD's and only 6 Interceptions, while completing a blistering 68% of his throws. From a yardage standpoint, that makes him Dade County's all-time best.

Miami Northwestern High School's Jacory Harris (6'4 180) had an extraordinary junior campaign, as the QB played an integral part in his team's state championship. The first year starter set records with 2900 yards passing, 38 TD's and only 6 Interceptions, while completing a blistering 68% of his throws. From a yardage standpoint, that makes him Dade County's all-time best, and 3rd highest ever in the state of Florida.

His ability to make all the throws, read defenses, and leadership skills will make Jacory the top QB prospect and one of the more coveted overall prospects in South Florida. "I have been working hard in developing as a QB. I like to read a lot of film. I think I am good at reading defenses and make smart decisions. I also consider myself a leader in the huddle".

While people in the know have labeled Jacory as an extremely accurate passer, some have questioned his arm strength. "I consider myself an accurate passer. But if I have to put zip on the ball or throw it long, I could. My arm strength has gotten much better. I have been working out since 8th grade, but this year my body is really developing. And with the workouts with the guys at Northwestern, I can really tell my legs and arms are getting stronger, and my arm strength has been really getting better. For example, this January when Tim Brown came home from Rutgers we were throwing the ball at the field. And we ran this pattern that Santana Moss taught us, called the post corner post. It is a route that takes a long time to develop. But when I threw it, the ball went from one side of the field to the other. We measured the distance of that pass and it went for over 80 yards!"

Jacory is an avid fan of college football and says one QB over the past season made an impression on him. "I think Chris Leak is the model QB. I love his game. The way he throws a catchable ball where receivers can run under it. He leads his receivers so they can run after the catch. He has good feet and makes plays in the pocket. He can roll out. He makes good decisions".

And in talking with Jacory, it is evident he knows how to read defenses. "I read the defense pretty well. Based on what the defense presents would a lot of times determine what play we would run. And the coaches had confidence in me knowing how to run the offense. I would call all the audibles if I thought we would be more successful with another play.. Towards the end of the year, sometimes I would even call the plays in the huddle".

Some attribute his success to all the talent around him. Jacory feels he will be just as successful on the next level "We have two of the most talented WR's in the country in Aldarius (Johnson) and Tommy Streeter. They can do so much and that helps. But when I get to college, I am sure I will also be around some great talented players as well. So I believe I'll be just fine at the next level also".

In regard to football knowledge, it is evident that Jacory is well versed in the game. And it will be a pleasure to college recruiters that he takes the books just as serious as well. "Academically, that is not a concern. I take school pretty seriously and have done well. The school also makes sure we take of our grades. We have to submit daily progress reports to our position coach. All our Division 1 recruits for next year should qualify".

Not only has the Northwestern community stressed academics and avoiding negative influences, but so have a few motivational speakers that have recently visited the school. " Jesse Jackson came by the school in January and he told us to stress academics. That we should try to spend as much time with our academics as we do with our sports. (Miami Head Coach) Randy Shannon came by not too long ago and told us about his family situation growing up in Miami and wanting to go to the West. He went through some hard time growing up and he just wanted us to make good decisions".

As of now, Jacory has received mail and text messages from schools across the country. "I get a lot of letters from schools across the country. I got a few from LSU recently and I like what they did with JaMarcus Russell. The coaches as UCF text about 80 times a day. They are real texts too, cause when I write back, they are actually paying attention to what you are writing when they respond. FIU was sending an official scholarship offer. Coach Walton at Miami texts me".

This spring, Jacory will be attending the MSL combine in Coconut Creek on April 13th. He is considering attending a number of summer camps. "My position coach wants me to visit Georgia and perform there. My head coach selects a few guys each year to go up to the Rutgers camp, so we shall see if he wants me to go up there. I'll probably go to the Miami camp also".

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