2012 athlete Harris is one to watch

Mesquite (Texas) Horn High athlete Devante Harris is one of the 2012 prospects to keep an eye on. The dynamic playmaker has caught the attention of some major programs and plans to build on that during his junior season.

Mesquite (Texas) Horn athlete Devante Harris is one of the more dynamic 2012 prospects in the state of Texas. The 5-foot-10, 150-pound playmaker is about as fast as they come. He runs a 4.34 second 40-yard dash and can line up on either side of the ball.

Last season as a sophomore, Harris was dominating the junior varsity ranks on offense and put up 800 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. Shortly after his jv season ended, he was moved up to the varsity squad and has been learning to play defensive back. Since then he has participated in several camps this summer and is now getting attention from some heavy hitters.

"I went to the Texas camp, Texas Tech, Kansas, TCU, Houston and Baylor camps this summer," said Harris.

Harris lined up at both offense and defense at the Longhorns camp last month and impressed the coaches with his speed and athleticism.

"I played a lot of offense at the camp. I broke up a couple of balls on defense but I was mostly playing offense. I did pretty well. I got Leroy Scott, the Texas commit off the line and beat him along with some other guys."

Harris also got a chance to get to know some of the Longhorns coaching staff during his time in Austin.

"I got a lot of one on one attention from the receivers coach (coach Chambers). They said they are interested in me. They told me they are going to keep an eye on me and that they will be watching a lot of my games this year."

Despite playing mostly offense at the Texas camp, Harris will be lining up primarily at defense during his junior season.

"I'm going to be playing mostly corner this season but I'm going to jump in at receiver a little bit too. I started off at defense at the Texas camp and knocked down a few balls, but when I got on offense I was attracting so much attention so I just stayed on that side of the ball."

Harris is currently hearing from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Texas, Kansas and Iowa.

He claims to be wide open in his recruitment but had some positive things to say about the Longhorns.

"I went down there and I was in awe of their facilities, and how Mack Brown is like a father to the players. It was like a great family type atmosphere down there." At 5-foot-10, 150-pounds, he will need to put on some weight before his junior season begins. Harris plans on spending the rest of the summer improving on certain aspects of his game.

"I want to work on my route reading along with my quickness, speed and ball skills. I also want to get six interceptions, return a few punts for touchdowns and improve on my tackling."

Harris plans on taking multiple unofficial visits this fall to check out some schools. Stick with LonghornDigest for the latest on Devanta Harris' recruitment.

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