As usual, Aledo high school has multiple Division I prospects in the 2017 class. Many of them are currently playing the recruiting game.
Offensive guard Wes Harris isn’t one of them. The offensive lineman has been committed to TCU for quite some time and had the ability to enjoy his summer heading into his senior year.
“It is nice to not have to worry about the pressure and have it off your shoulders,” said Harris. “I have thought before, what would my life look like if I hadn’t committed right away? But like I have said before – as soon as they offered me I knew that was where I was supposed to be and I didn’t want to wait around.”
So what has he been doing this summer?
“There is always someone out there working to try to take your spot,” said Harris. “You never want to be satisfied. I’m just trying to keep my head on straight.”
Harris took the new Horned Frog Insider back into his recruitment.
“Freshman year they started recruit me and we went to the Oklahoma game when they played them at home,” said Harris. “I kept getting nervous during the game. Anytime they would play on TV and they were down, I would get nervous and change the channel. Anytime I watched somebody else that was recruiting me, it wasn’t the same feeling. So I started talking to my parents.”
Harris was realizing there was something special about TCU.
“Sophomore spring after the first time they came to practice, I got a text from Coach Wood at our school,” said Harris. “He said ‘this is the offensive line coach’s number. You need to call him. They are going to offer you a scholarship, congrats.’ I was very surprised. They had only seen me practice once.”
“I was almost in tears. I sort of knew then - if that was the way I was feeling about their offer. Anytime I would visit, I wouldn’t want to leave.”
It is the feeling Frog fans hope Harris doesn’t forget, while still being chased by other schools. Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Missouri have not backed off their pursuit of the four-star offensive lineman.
“I’m honestly not sure yet,” said Harris when asked if TCU would be his only official visit. “But if I was going to take one elsewhere, it would be Oklahoma or A&M.”
On Saturday Harris was on campus to see the Frogs practice. He visited with offensive tackle Chuck Filiaga, a teammate at Aledo and four-star prospect himself. Filiaga is a California transplant.
"I’m trying to get him to go to TCU hard,” said Harris. “I think it would be a good fit for him. If he wants to play early, that would be one of the better spots to go…if he stayed in Fort Worth he would be close to home. Every Mom wants their kid close to home.”
Recruiting other teammates to TCU? Doesn’t sound like the actions of someone interested in checking out anything else. Frog commits Shawn Robinson and RJ Sneed have talked about the possibility of being early enrollees at TCU. Harris has also thought the same thing.
Aledo opens their season against Heritage (Colleyville) on August 26th. Senior quarterback Cam Roane, who is currently committed to San Diego State, leads Heritage. Horned Frog Insider has the game on our early list as possible ones to attend.