Harris One to Watch

The wide receiver/defensive back from Covina Charter Oak, Mike Harris, has made a few appearances at UCLA events. Fairly unknown, he talked about his recruitment, and a list of favorite schools...

Mike Harris, 6-2, 180, Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak, is a player to definitely keep an eye on this season, and that's exactly what UCLA is doing.

Harris is a long, rangy athlete who plays both wide receiver and defensive back, and is getting recruited for both sides of the ball, even though he prefers wide receiver. "But," Harris said, "I'll play wherever I'm needed to play." He says he runs in the 4.5 range in the 40.

Harris has yet to receive a scholarship offer, but he said he's hearing pretty seriously from many schools. "The Pac-10 is recruiting me," Harris said. "Plus Colorado and Fresno State. Most of the coaches have said they just want to see how I do in my senior season."

When asked if he had a favorite school among those recruiting him, Harris said. "Not quite. I kind of like UCLA. They're giving me a lot of love. I went to their game against Colorado State and had a good time. They're probably recruiting me the hardest right now. I also went to the practice a couple of times. They might have a little edge right now."

Harris might be a bit of a unknown commodity because he plays for a smaller school, Charter Oak, and didn't participate in the Nike Camp last spring. "I was going to go, but I found out late there was the Arcadia track meet that day, and my coach wanted me to go to that." He did attend UCLA's four-day camp, though.

Harris said he's looking for a well-rounded school, and doesn't want to make a choice based on early playing time. "I want a good program overall, both academically and athletically. What kind of academic programs they have is a big thing, for me and my parents. I want to make sure of my decision and not do it for the wrong reasons. Early playing time would be tempting, but I wouldn't want to go to a school because I'm going to get playing time and rush into it and then end up not liking the school."

He said is parents don't really have a preference for a school. "They're fans of the schools in California. They like both USC and UCLA."

USC is recruiting him, but he said, to date, they haven't shown as much interest as UCLA or, say, Washington.

Would he commit early if he's offered – given how he wants to make sure of his decision? "I'm not too sure. I'd have to go over it with my parents and my coach, if it were from the college I thought I wanted to go to. But I'd still probably want to take a couple of visits first to make sure."

Harris's young brother, Williams, is also a standout athlete. Currently a 5-11, 160-pound sophomore, Williams is already getting looks from college coaches. "He's starting for us at cornerback," Harris said. "He can play." When asked if he'd like to go to the same school as his little brother, Harris said, "It'd be good. I wouldn't mind it."

Harris said he has a 2.7 GPA and is taking the SAT in October.


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