Last spring, the Texas A&M coaching staff made a sweep through the state of Texas and picked up one of the best early hauls of junior verbal commitments in recent years. A big part of that haul was Gilmer speed athlete Lamar Harris, who stars at both defensive back and wide receiver for the Buckeyes.
Now as a senior, Harris has been asked to take on a bigger role on the team as a leader and mentor to the younger players, something the 6-foot-0, 180-pound blue chip is happy to do.
"On defense, I moved to safety so I can help out with calling plays and mentoring the younger guys, but I'm not getting as much time back there so they can get as much experience as possible so they will be ready for the stretch run," Harris said. "I'm seeing more time on offense."
The Buckeyes are a perfect 4-0 so far this season, in large part to an improving young defense and a solid offense led by Harris at wide receiver.
"We're 4-0 and looking pretty good right now. We're starting to play great defense and things are rolling right now," Harris said. "But there's still a long way to go. We play Atlanta this weekend."
With 14 catches for 291 yards through four games, Harris is averaging a hefty 21 yards per reception with one touchdown. He also has rushed three times for 30 yards for a talented Gilmer squad that spreads the ball around to several weapons each game.
Harris' ability is still getting noticed by several major Division I college coaches, and he's still getting calls from several schools, most notably the Oklahoma Sooners, LSU Tigers, and the Cal Golden Bears despite his verbal commitment to the Aggies.
"OU has been on me for a long time and they have offered," Harris said. "LSU has been calling and they sound serious. California has come on recently and they say they are close to offering me."
With three Top 25 programs still in hot pursuit, where does that leave Harris with his current commitment to Texas A&M?
"I'm committed to A&M, but I want to see a couple of places to make sure I'm doing the right thing," Harris said. "Who knows, I may visit somewhere and it's a different experience and I'm wowed. I just can't say. I like A&M and I want to go there. I'd say I'm firm with my commitment, but I can't say I'm 100% solid until I see something else to compare."
Harris has not set up any official visits, and isn't even sure which ones he wants to take at this point. With his season and other personal obligations, he hasn't had the opportunity to make any unofficial visits for Saturday games. That will change this weekend.
"I'm planning to go down and watch the A&M-Oklahoma State game this Saturday," Harris said. "I'm looking forward to it."
The Gilmer Buckeyes face Atlanta this Friday night.
Harris takes on bigger role
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