Harris Has Steady Five

Da'John Harris, the 6-4, 260-pound defensive line prospect from Gardena (Calif.) Serra, had a productive spring and summer collecting scholarship offers, and he still maintains the same five schools as his leaders, and insists there aren't any supreme favorites among them, despite the rumors...

As the season approaches, one of the most hotly recruited prospects in California is Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive lineman Da'John Harris (6-4, 260).

Though he hasn't picked up any more scholarship offers since UCLA offered him in late June, Harris said that a couple of teams could offer if he starts the season well.

"California and Notre Dame could offer me," said Harris. "Other than that, I've got like over 20 offers."

Harris steadfastly claims that he has no leader, despite reports that USC is in front. He has the same top five that he had a month ago. "It's USC, Miami, Nebraska, Michigan and UCLA, in no order," said Harris. "Everybody says Miami and USC are my top two, but I don't have a top two. All the top five schools are even. Arizona and Washington are up there too."

Harris did indicate that USC and UCLA would likely not receive official visits this fall. "I want to take my trips outside of the state," said Harris.

Most schools want Harris as a defensive lineman, either at tackle or end (UCLA is recruiting him as an end), but after spending much of the summer playing tight end during Serra's passing league, he hasn't completely relinquished the idea of playing offense in college.

"I'm actually pretty good at tight end," said Harris, who was named to the U.S. Army All-Combine team as a tight end in January. "I like defensive line just a little bit more. Most of the schools have offered me a shot at tight end. I want to play d-tackle or d-end."

After going to the U.S. Army Combine, the Scout.com Combine and Stanford Nike Camp, Harris laid low this summer, attending only the USC 1-Day Camp. Otherwise, it was passing tournaments with Serra.

"Just wanted to get myself ready for the season," said Harris.

Harris said that any decision on his college choice will be made at the "last minute."

As a junior, Harris had only 13 catches for 145 yards in a running offense, but on defense, had an all-Del Rey League season, recording 40 tackles and 6.5 sacks as a defensive end.

Academically, Harris said he has a 3.0 and will be retaking the SAT in the fall.


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