Aledo high school (Tex.) moved to 14-0 on the season after running away from Fort Worth Boswell, 42-14 in the Texas 5A D2 state quarterfinals on Friday night. It was the second time the Bearcats beat the Pioneers this season – never an easy task.
“Honestly we didn’t do a lot extra, we stuck with the first game plan,” said Scout.com four-star defensive lineman Wes Harris, a TCU commit. “We stepped up the challenge. We were physical in practice. They were calling us out a bit, so that fired us up. We out there and executed.”
Aledo’s run has been impressive, winning last 13 games by at least double-digits. After the win on Friday night, head coach Steve Wood gave his team the weekend off, with game prepping for Mesquite Poteet starting on Monday.
“We got a couple guys banged up and dings, but I think we are going to make it,” said a smiling Harris. “It was nice to get the rest. It’s hard to get home at midnight every Friday night and then be in the film room by 7 a.m. the next morning.”
While most football players at Aledo are focused on winning a state championship and finishing out the semester of school, Harris has a little more on his plate. The 2017 prospect has plans to enroll early at TCU and will be moving in on January 11th.
“It is overwhelming honestly,” said Harris. “I just heard from Shawn Robinson (TCU QB commit) that if we are there for bowl practices, we can actually practice. That was awesome to hear. It hasn’t really hit me yet. I’m sure at Christmas break it will really hit me that I got a little time left.”
While most college coaches across the country were on the road recruiting this week, the TCU coaching staff spent most of their week game prepping for Kansas State. In-home visits were limited to mostly uncommitted prospects.
“I talked with the o-line coach today,” said Harris. “I think they said they are going to do an in-home visit next week. I’m going to be there in January, so it doesn’t really matter that much to me at this point.”
Harris is closely monitoring the TCU class, helping peer-to-peer recruit when he can with Robinson.
“I’m very excited. We have a lot of nice skill players,” said Harris. “When they first told me that we weren’t going to be getting a lot of lineman, I was bummed. But it’s turning out great. (Jalen) Reagor was a big deal. When you get a name like that in the recruiting class, you can get whomever you want. I think it’s going to turn out well.”
While Harris is expected to play on the offensive line at TCU, he’s been playing mostly defensive tackle for Aledo in 2016 with limited reps on offense in jumbo packages.
“It probably took until about week six or seven for me to really get the hang of it,” said Harris. “Especially using my hands. I don’t think it will be that big of a deal switching back.
“I think it will make me a better offensive lineman. Playing the defensive line, I feel like I have an advantage over offensive lineman because I know what they are going to do by their stance and steps. Hopefully I can recognize the same thing when I switch back to offense when I look across to defensive lineman.”