Harris Excited to Compete at USC

Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde cornerback Torin Harris hasn't received the hype that some of the higher-rated players in USC's star-studded 2009 class have, but has displayed a desire for greatness that can't be measured.

Anyone who follows the USC football program knows that Pete Carroll's promotes competition in every aspect of life. He instills a passion for competition in his players from the moment they arrive on campus, and looks for a love of competition in the players he recruits.

Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde cornerback Torin Harris hasn't received the hype that some of the higher-rated players in USC's star-studded 2009 class have, but has displayed a desire for greatness that can't be measured.

"It feels good just to see how much talent SC brings in every year and how much we're going to have to compete to get on the field," Harris said. "It's going to be a good opportunity for all of us.

"That's what USC's about, competition. I'm going to have to fight my way to the top if I want to see playing time."

Harris showed a lot of fight at USC's Skills Camp this summer, where he impressed the coaches enough to walk away with a scholarship offer.

It was at that same camp that Harris felt USC was the right fit for him, and informed Pete Carroll that he wanted to be a Trojan five days later.

"I just like the way they interact with the players and how much intensity they bring to practices," Harris said when asked what separated USC from the other schools recruiting him. "Even in the camp, it's like a practice."

In his senior season at Palo Verde, Harris recorded 63 tackles and 5 interceptions as a cornerback. He also racked up 1,000 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns while playing quarterback, running back and wide receiver.

Harris is the only true cornerback currently in USC's class.

"This is what I love to do," Harris said of playing cornerback. "I'm going to fight and compete everyday. I'm taking it as a real opportunity to come in and play against the best receivers in the nation which is going to make me better each day."

This past weekend the three-star recruit was back in Los Angeles for his official visit and came away excited about his future at USC.

"I came in and felt welcome to their family, the Trojan family," Harris said. "It was just a really warm welcome.

"I'm really excited, especially after this visit. It just made my decision really, really solid. Now I'm just really excited to get there and take everything as it comes."

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


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