Versatility counts

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Finding an offensive lineman who excels at two positions is a plus. Finding an offensive lineman who excels at all five positions is a jackpot. One player attending Tennessee's O-Line/D-Line Camp Saturday at Neyland Stadium may fill the bill, however.

That would be Josh Harris, who will be a senior at Milton High School in Alpharetta, Ga., this fall. At 6-feet-4 and 290 pounds, he has the size, strength and agility to play either tackle spot, either guard spot or center.

"I can play 'em all," he said.

That's why Harris already has attracted scholarship offers from Wake Forest, Maryland, South Florida, Middle Tennessee State and South Alabama. He's planning to attend a camp at Mississippi State next weekend that could produce another offer.

Tennessee's camp drew dozens of prospects from across the U.S. Harris believes this type of camp is invaluable to recruits such as himself.

"It gets you in front of the coaches, lets you build relationships with the coaches," he said. "It lets you see the campuses and see what it's like playing for the coaches."

From all indications, Harris was especially impressed with Tennessee's camp.

"It was a well-run camp," he said. "We got to go in and watch film of ourselves from earlier in the day, make some corrections so we came out a lot better later in the day. That was really good."

Asked how he performed, Harris replied, "I think I did really good."

Although he does quality work as both a run blocker and a pass protector, he believes his greatest assets are his ability to play multiple positions and his hardnosed approach to the game.

"I think I'm very versatile," he said. "I can play all positions on the offensive line. I think I'm a tough player. I think that's one of my best assets. And I'm a leader."

Harris spent most of Saturday's camp under the watchful eye of Sam Pittman, who happens to be Tennessee's offensive line coach. The two appear to have bonded quite well.

"I worked with Coach Pittman, and I like him a lot," Harris said. "I met him once before, at one of the spring practices, and it was good to work under him today."


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