Cliff Harris Talks USC

Scout's top-rated cornerback, Cliff Harris, is one of the most sought after prospects on the West Coast but prefers not to get caught up in all the attention that comes with being one of the top recruits. SCPlaybook recently sat down with the five-star cornerback from Fresno (Calif.) Edison HS to talk recruiting and USC.

Fresno (Calif.) Edison HS cornerback Cliff Harris, is the top-rated cornerback in the 2009 recruiting class and is one of the most sought after recruits on the West Coast, but he prefers not to get caught up in all the attention that comes with being one of the top recruits in the entire country.

"My mail just all goes to my mom so I don't really know all the schools that are recruiting me, to tell you the truth, except for the schools that have come up here like USC, Utah, Arizona, Arizona State and Stanford," Harris said.

"I don't know too much about all the different colleges so I want to take my time with it," explained Harris, who says he wants to take all of his official visits before making a commitment.

While Harris will take his time in the recruiting process to learn more about the schools that have shown interest in him, the one school that he is becoming more and more familiar with is USC.


Five-Star CB Cliff Harris
Harris attended USC's wildly successful Junior Day in February with his teammate and USC commit, T.J. McDonald, and made it down to Los Angeles to watch the Trojan Huddle last month.

"It was crazy for just a spring game. It was real live, so I liked that," Harris said.

On Harris' visits to USC, the one thing that has really caught his attention is the energy and intensity that the USC coaching staff brings to the practice field. One coach in particular that Harris has develop a strong bond with is secondary coach Rocky Seto.

"Rock is crazy," Harris said with a big smile. "I give my respect to him because he is so real. I could play for him, no problem. He is cool and my style of coach. He knows how I am and I know how he is, we click real good when we are together."

Harris' main goal is to make it to the NFL, so Pete Carroll's NFL coaching experience is also something that is a plus for the Trojans.

"I like Pete's style because he coaches just like the NFL. You are getting the same look that you are going to get at the next level. I like that because it will better prepare me," Harris said.

The five-star cornerback has all the tools to be a true lockdown corner on the college level and credits Edison head coach and former NFL Pro Bowler, Tim McDonald, for teaching him the mental part of the game and getting him ready to compete in college.

"We get to go to his house and watch all the NFL films," Harris said about Edison Head Coach Tim McDonald. "That helps us get better. We get to watch film all day with Tim and he gives us little tips here and there about how it was, and how to get there. It's cool because he is like a mentor showing us how to get there."

As a junior, Cliff Harris had nine interceptions while playing alongside Robert Golden who committed to Arizona, Brandon Leslie who committed to Georgia Tech and USC commit, T.J. McDonald, in Edison's ultra-talented defensive backfield.

Harris will attend the Scout/Under Armour Combine in Los Angeles on May 31st and also plans to attend USC's Rising Stars Camp in June.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions you can reach Kevin Carden at kevin@scplaybook.com


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