That other linebacker was being looked at, but he was preceived by most college coaches to be too short and too slow to play in the old Southwest Conference. This other linebacker was about 5-10, his best forty time was about a 4.9, and he wasn't being heavily recruited, but he made 26 tackles in that game. His name was Michael Singletary.
Baylor Head Coach Grant Teaff gave him a scholarship and a chance. The rest is history, as Singletary showed-up for fall drills and became a four-year Bear starter at middle linebacker.
A few years ago, Texas A&M Head Coach R.C. Slocum also signed a kid named Dat Nguyen from the Texas South Valley who was short and he also made tackles from sideline to sideline. He was an impact player as a freshman and started for three years. Sometimes a coach can get lucky and sign a player like Singletary or Nguyen.
Harris reminds me more of Michael Singletary, but there is one major difference in these three middle linebackers. Singletary and Nguyen were not heavily recruited, but Harris is one of the most heavily recruited middle linebackers in the country.
Harris made 188 tackles as a junior after being selected as the Sophomore of the Year in 1999 when he recorded 91 tackles. This season, he recorded close to 200 tackles, but his actual senior stats were not available.
There may not be a bigger linebacker tradition anywhere in the country than at North Mesquite. The first great one was Joe Bowden who was a Parade All-American, played for Oklahoma, and now is a member of the NFL Tennessee Titans.
Josh Buhl and Bryan Hickman were both great linebackers that graduated the year before Harris was a sophomore. They both signed with Kansas State.
Harris was an un-official guest of Texas A&M in their shootout against Texas on November 23. Since he likes both teams, it's hard to completely tell which team he really came to see play. Probably both.
There may be another Michael Singletary clone, but I have never seen a better one. I am 5-11 and I looked at Harris eyeball to eyeball. He has very thick shoulders, just like Singletary and as you can see, he also wears glasses, just like Singletary. He also makes tackles from sideline to sideline. He's another Singletary. He's a real clone.
Harris has scheduled five visits and since he is already out of the playoffs, he will be able to make all five on the scheduled dates. He will visit Texas on December 1; Texas A&M on December 8; Oklahoma on December 17; Florida on January 5; and Florida State on January 12.
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