Recruit to watch: OL Ryan Harris

WeAreSC.com caught up with offensive lineman Ryan Harris from Cretin-Durham High School in St. Paul Minnesota. Harris is being recruited by several national powers and had the following update for us…

Ryan Harris has the make-up, both physically and mentally, for the type of offensive linemen who can be dominant. Harris is currently 6'5", 260 pounds, and runs a 4.8 forty. Ryan combines that with a 25" vertical and max bench press of 300 pounds. He has the type of frame that will allow him to put of weight without losing any of his superior speed and agility for a lineman. Add to those numbers a GPA of 3.8, an ACT of 26, and the desire to major in either Pre-Med or Pre-Law, and one has a student-athlete who is going to make the most of his college experience.

Harris has been out to California a couple of times as he has an uncle who lives in Santa Monica, however his parents would prefer him to stay in the mid-west for school. He mentioned he likes USC, as SC will get one of his five trips. Ryan also hears allot from Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford, Wisconsin, and Iowa. He would like to keep his top schools of interest quiet, but said he definitely has USC in his top five. All the schools mentioned have offered scholarships. Harris said he would most likely wait until signing day in February to announce his decision. Head Coach Pete Carroll has visited Harris in Minnesota, and Ryan has also been in contact with coaches Kiffin and Davis from USC. Ryan also knows 2002 Trojan recruit Dominique Byrd (Breck High School/Minnesota). Harris mentioned that USC is a good school and he likes the fact that it is in Southern California.

Ryan has been to both Michigan and Miami for camps. He was awarded the top offensive player award at the Miami camp. He played both offensive and defensive tackle last season. Offensively, the coaches did not keep stats for pancake blocks, but they will next fall. Defensively, he had 40 tackles, 1 interception, and 2 fumble recoveries. He is being recruited to play offensive tackle. He also used to wrestle and play baseball, but now just concentrates on football. He would like to be viewed as an Orlando Pace type of tackle, as he lists his strengths in his technique and quickness, and wants to be known for giving all-out effort on every play. Ryan would like to work on his size as he is most likely planning to redshirt his first year to do so. His father also played football in college at Wisconsin Stout. For those who are not familiar with Minnesota High Schools/Sports, Cretin-Durham Hall is the Long Beach Poly/Mater Dei of Minnesota, who has produced players like Joe Maurer and Chris Wienke. Harris has two younger siblings and wears the number 71.


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