El Campo running back talks SMU offer, visit

2016 El Campo (Tex.) running back Alontae Harris picked up an SMU offer and talked about his visit with Billy!

2016 El Campo (Tex.) athlete Alontae Harris picked up his first offer last week from SMU and got up to visit for practice and junior day this weekend.

“I thought it was great. It was a great experience. I really liked meeting the coaches,” Harris said. “I liked how they introduced me and it felt comfortable, real natural at SMU.”

There was an instant connection with SMU running backs coach Claude Mathis.

“I really like the running backs coach, coach Mathis. He’s real cool. I talked to all of them,” Harris said. “We talked about how I can fit the offense and what they want me doing. They talked to know my family and stuff.”

Harris got the chance to talk with SMU head coach Chad Morris as well, who’s from Bay City, near El Campo, and the schools are rivals.

“He’s funny. He’s a real cool dude. He’s from Bay City so we talked about when he coached at Bay City and it was good,” Harris said.

Morris talked with Harris on the phone last week after offering as well.

“He said he’s thinking about you and I talked with him yesterday. He said they had fun talking about me in the staff room,” Harris said. “We’re happy we gave you an offer. We’re excited about you and we can’t wait to get you down. It was great”

The 5-8, 180-pound back has been talking with linebackers coach Archie McDaniel around three times a week and got to meet all of the SMU coaches on the visit.

“We talk about workouts, how I’m doing, how me and my head coach get along, he’s (McDaniel) a mentor and is helping me a lot right now,” Harris said.

After watching SMU practice Saturday, Harris was impressed with the competition and how the running backs compete.

“It was good. It was intense. I liked what the running backs do. It’s high intensity reps.”

The up-tempo offense Morris is bringing in impressed Harris and liked the way the staff wants to get him the ball, whether that’s from the running back position or as a receiver.

“I know about coach Morris from Clemson and Texas high school at Lake Travis. It’s a great offense and I would fit well into it,” Harris said. “How they get their playmakers the ball and use their abilities. He’s just an offensive god.”

Harris is seriously considering SMU because Cedric Lancaster is a big brother to Harris and he also knows that Deion Sanders, Jr. is at SMU.

“I’m considering them. I really like the school. It’s a great school and the coaches are treating me good,” Harris said.

Harris is visiting Texas Tech in a couple weeks and Illinois has reached out and Harris believes they could be next to offer.

Houston, Kansas State, North Texas, UTSA and Army are also in pursuit of Harris, but have yet to offer. Harris has visited UTSA and North Texas as well.

As for his playing style, Harris just likes getting the ball in space.

“Making big plays. I like getting the ball and going with it so I can make big plays anytime I get a chance,” Harris said. “I’m just trying to get bigger and play more positions. I’ll be playing defense next year too so I’m working on my stamina so I can stay in the game longer.”

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