Harris has Gamecock offer

Pepperell HS (Lindale, Ga.) OL Kyle Harris has seen his recruiting stock gradually rise in the last few months as the 6-3, 255-pound prospect zeroes in on double-digit offers.

South Carolina is one of the schools to offer the talented prospect who says he projects best as a guard at the next level.

"South Carolina offered me a while back, but I didn't know it because I guess I had read the paper wrong," Harris says. "But then when (G.A. Mangus) came by the school he told the coach that they had offered me. That was a while back [that South Carolina originally offered]."

Mangus was by the school last week and cleared up the confusion with the Pepperell coaching staff. Harris says the Gamecocks definitely have his attention.

"I like it a lot," he said. "My parents have been wanting to go up there since I started getting recruited. That's one of the top teams that they've mentioned they want me to go to. I really like them too. I saw them play against Georgia when I went to the Georgia game, and I liked what I saw. I want to go visit up there during the summer and see how it is."

Harris says he's still getting to know Mangus.

"He came by the school not too long ago and then I talked to him. I'd say it's kind of a building relationship right now."

He says he will definitely take a visit to Columbia this summer.

Harris' most recent offers are from Purdue and Illinois. He originally held offers from Maryland, Cincinnati, Louisville and Syracuse.

Harris' stock seemed to take a big step up when he was named the top OL at the Atlanta MVP Camp and quickly picked up a Georgia Tech offer on the same day.

Scout.com Southeast Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons gave a glowing review of his performance:

Harris was the best from the beginning of the camp. He was very agile and light-footed throughout the drills, he showed good technique while being coached up, and he was outstanding during the one on one session. He showed a great base, he was very physical, he showed good balance, and he handled speed rushers and physical defensive linemen. He was consistently good and he should see his recruitment pick up in the near future.

Harris also is receiving interest from Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Mississippi State and Alabama.

He lists Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Cincinnati and Maryland in no particular order as the schools he is most interested in.

Harris gave his thoughts on some of those programs.

Tennessee: "That was just one of my childhood favorite teams. When I was growing up, I really liked Tennessee and I always wanted to go to Tennessee. Not saying I will or I'm going to, but when I visited their campus for the spring game, I really liked the field and it was a great atmosphere."

Georgia: "I like them a lot. They've been at the school a lot to see me. I've been talking to them; they've been sending mail. I want to go to their camp the 12th, hopefully I'll do good and get me an offer from Georgia, and I'll be set."

Georgia Tech: "I fit into their program. I like to fly off the ball and hit people. I think if I could go there I could play early."

Clemson: "When I went to visit, they had a good academic set-up. And they're a really good football team."

While Harris doesn't have an exact timetable to make a commitment, he does want to give his pledge before his senior season.

He also knows exactly what he's looking for in a program.

"I want to feel at home when I get there," he says. "A good academic school -- There has to be a plan set up for me to pass. Early playing time is important -- I mean not real early -- but not too long to have to wait to play either. I have to feel like I'm at home when I get there -- that's one of the most important things."

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