2006 Recruiting: Andre Harris

<b>Andre Harris</b>, a 6-0, 215-pound running back now at Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, looks to be one of the best running back prospects in SoCal next year, and he grew up a fan of a certain school...

Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft picked up a good running back during the off-season, one of the top running backs in the Southland, Andre Harris, (6-0, 215).

A season ago, Harris was at Palisades High, in a new system with new coaches. It took three games for the Palisades staff to finally give him a chance to run the ball, and when he got the chance, he made the most of it.

"We had new coaches and they were using the games like a tryout. Once I finally got to carry the ball, I showed what I could do," said Harris.

On the year, he ran for around 900 yards on 106 carries and scored 3 touchdowns. Against Los Angeles High he rushed for 212 yards on 10 carries. In the season opener, while playing defensive back, Harris intercepted the first pass thrown his way, and took it back 99 yards for a touchdown.

"But then they pulled me out and I hardly played defense the rest of the year," said Harris.

Still, Harris is getting letters from all over the country.

"I'm hearing from Notre Dame, Cal, Florida State, Louisville, Michigan, Duke and UCLA," said Harris. "UCLA invited me to some games last year, but I always had something going on."

His top three right now are UCLA, Cal and Notre Dame.

"UCLA was my school growing up," said Harris.

Last year, Harris attended the UCLA 4-Day Camp, and would like to return this year. He also attended the Beyond2000 Camp at Cal Lutheran, where he will definitely return to for the fourth straight summer. He's also been invited to the Nike Camp in Los Angeles and took part in the Scout Army Combine in San Antonio last month.

"It was a great experience for me. I did pretty well I thought. My forty was ok, but I can run a 4.5," said Harris.

Harris said a UCLA offer would definitely solidify them as his top school, but he probably wouldn't commit immediately. "I want to take some trips and go through this a little bit," Harris said.

Academically, Harris has a 2.8 GPA and will take the SAT in March for the first time.

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