Tailback Prospect Aaron Harris

The running back from Baldwin Park, 5-10, 180-pound Aaron Harris, quietly had one of the best junior seasons in SoCal last year, and Harris has a connection to the UCLA football program...

While UCLA has targeted Marc Tyler and Raymond Carter as their main prospects at running back, the Bruin staff is still watching other ball carriers closely. One of those they figure to keep a close eye on is Baldwin Park (Calif.) running back Aaron Harris (5-10, 180), one of the more productive running backs in Southern California last season.

Harris has considerable interest in the Bruins, listing them as his favorite school, just ahead of Notre Dame, and he has an existing relationship with UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker.

"I was at the DeWayne Walker DB Camp when I was a sophomore and was named one of the Top 12 players there. I talked with Coach Walker recently and they said that they are checking me out," said Harris.

Aside from the Bruins, Harris is receiving interest from USC, Michigan, Oregon, Nebraska and Notre Dame.

"UCLA is my favorite school, but I like Notre Dame a lot too," said Harris. "Those are my top two schools."

Harris has been productive at running back, rushing for 3,500 yards and 45 touchdowns the past two seasons, highlighted by a 2,163-yard, 32-touchdown campaign as a junior, in which he was named to the all-state underclass team and all-CIF. He also added 63 tackles, 41 solo and six interceptions from his cornerback spot.

"I like playing corner, but I want to play running back in college," said Harris. "I like running the ball more, but if a coach thinks I have a better future at cornerback, I'd consider it."

Harris also returns kicks for Baldwin Park. His coach was a teammate at Baldwin Park with former Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips, whose school rushing records Harris started breaking as a junior.

Harris has stated that he would like to stay close to home, but is open to leaving. "Every time I think I want to leave the state, I look at the letters from schools nearby and I kind of want to stay close to home," said Harris. "Right now, I'd say it's 50% UCLA and 50% everyone else."

Harris said he was in no hurry to make a decision, instead wanting to make his official visits a priority.

Academically, Harris has a 2.8 GPA and he said he was working on improving his SAT score so he could get a UCLA offer.


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