National Signing Day 2018 is 31 months away. A new president will be in office, three football seasons will have passed, and the college football landscape could look totally different by the time the class of 2018 inks their National Letters of Intent.
This isn't stopping forward-looking college programs from hitting the recruiting trail, though, and coaches from Texas Tech who recently stopped by Landry-Walker High School in New Orleans, Louisiana identified one particular cornerback prospect.
Corione Harris, who plays DB for Landry-Walker head coach Emmanuel Powell, is expected to do big things in the secondary this fall as the high school undergoes a transition as the newest member of district 8-5A.
"Basically, our defense plays more of a speed defense, right up to the ball, get there quick, and I'm more of a tall, lanky cornerback. (Coach Powell) uses me for the goal line, to shut people out because I've got a lot of speed. I'm similar to Richard Sherman, running with the receivers downfield."
Harris plays a lot of man-to-man corner for Landry-Walker and is expected to go up against some of the best Louisiana has to offer in 2015. Competition will include the likes of Kerry Buckley of 5A powerhouse John Curtis and Caron Baham of John Ehret HS.
"I play smart, hard-working. I'm gonna try to come out and be more aggressive. My sophomore year I'm gonna be more aggressive than I was, I don't believe I was that aggressive last year. This year I'm getting my hands on people and making sure I'm keeping my speed up so I can stay with the receiver."
Harris has not been clocked in the 40-yard dash officially, but has run 4.6 and 4.5 times in practice. He doesn't yet run track for Landry-Walker, but practices with the track team and will participate next year.
Coach Kevin Curtis, Texas Tech's area recruiter for Louisana, made a stop by last year and obtained information on Harris among others.
"When he came to the school last year and saw us, he got some basic information on us and looked at our size and how our GPA was. It's a real good relationship."
Harris isn't very familiar with Texas Tech yet, but has done some preliminary research on the university and already has some thoughts on playing in the Big XII.
"Texas Tech is a real good college, as I've been looking through it. I think that when I get to the next level I'm gonna be ready for it. Playing at Landry-Walker, in the 4A district, the teams we would play like (Edna)Karr would run spread offenses. It's not the same, but it prepared me."
Harris participates in Landry-Walker's 7-on-7 team and thinks it will help his game as the team transitions to 5A.
"The 7-on-7, basically we use that as DBs to get better at covering. Getting the right calls, we practice a little more zone since we're going into 5A, and tackling. We play John Ehret and against teams basically from across Louisiana, recently we got invited to Georgia for the Adidas tournament, we're gonna be playing teams from Georgia and Florida."
While the sophomore DB hasn't been contacted by any other Texas Tech coaches, as it's obviously still very early for him, other schools like North Carolina, Southeastern, and Louisiana Tech have entered the picture for him. Harris doesn't have any offers at this time, but still has an idea of a timeline for his recruitment.
"I would probably like to (commit) about the end of my junior year, just before my senior year."
Introducing Louisiana DB Corione Harris
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