UCLA Offers O-Line Prospect

With UCLA only having two available scholarships left to give, scholarship offers are scarce. The Bruins, however, have offered Mike Harris, the 6-6, 305-pound offensive line prospect from Duarte, but it's a unique offer and Harris is contemplating the factors of it...

With UCLA's recruiting class only having two available scholarships, the Bruin staff is looking to possibly go the greyshirt route for a couple of prospects.

One player who is likely going to take the staff up on that type of offer is Duarte (Calif.) offensive lineman Mike Harris (6-6, 305).

Harris was offered by the Bruin staff earlier this month and said Westwood is likely going to be his college destination. "Right now I'm talking to only two other schools, Arizona and Fresno State," said Harris. "I'm more of a soft verbal to UCLA."

Harris said he met with head coach Karl Dorrell and had the details of the offer spelled out for him. "I went to Coach Dorrell's office and he explained it to me that the offer is going to be a greyshirt," said Harris. "It gives me more time to get ready. There is a possibility that I could come in the fall, if things played out, but I'm good with a greyshirt."

Harris will officially visit UCLA on December 16th, when the Bruins will also welcome many of their committed prospects. But before he goes to Westwood, he will take an official trip to Arizona.

"I'm going to Arizona on the 8th of December," said Harris. "Right now, they're second for me but you never know. Fresno State, I haven't set up the trip yet, but I might go there in January."

Ole Miss and San Diego State have also offered Harris and Ole Miss is trying to get a trip from Harris, but he said he is hoping to stay close to home and is not really interested in the Rebels.

"I live with my mother and my mom is happy that I have the chance to stay home and go to a great school," said Harris. "Plus, she's a big Bruin fan. I love UCLA and love going to their games. I'm into it. Coach (Jim) Colletto, that's my man. I've built a big relationship with him. This week, Coach Colletto is coming for an in-home. I think whatever he has to say, I think that will help me make my decision and could make it final."

Academically, Harris is in great shape, sporting a 3.85 GPA and scoring a 1330 on the SAT. The education at UCLA has been a key factor for him. "It's a great school and a good degree for me," said Harris. "Plus, the Rose Bowl is like right by my house."

This weekend, Harris will help Duarte against Verbum Dei in the CIF Semifinals. He may even go head-to-head with Akeem Ayers, who could be a teammate of his at UCLA.

"I'm looking forward to it," said Harris. "I've met him at games and he's real cool. But I'm thinking he's an opponent and not a teammate. We're pretty excited about making it this far, it's been hard work, but we hope we're not done."

Harris has been a key figure in Duarte's vaunted ground game that has featured junior running back Chris Harris, a prospect in the 2008 class, and two-way threat Jermaine Thomas.

"Heck, yeah, it's been cool running the ball," said Harris. "I love when they call my number and I love when they run behind me. I'm proud of Chris and Jermaine and what they've been doing and letting me open the holes. It's been an honor."

Harris has been playing strongside tackle for Duarte, which he said is the position he's been recruited for by UCLA.

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