When Harris signs with Wake Forest, the Deacons will officially pick up one of the top athletes in the state. Unfortunately, Harris was unable to show all he could do during his senior campaign.
"Well, he went down with an injury so he didn't have the numbers we would hope he would make, but we were able to win a district championship for the first time in 11 years at this school," said the elder Harris. "He still made 1st team All-Conference as a running back and 2nd team All-District at that position but he had limited numbers."
The injury that Coach Harris refers to is an ankle injury that happened as the 2004 season got under way. "By in large, it was on the first carry of the first game," the elder Harris noted. "He had a bad ankle injury, but finished the game and had 150 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 rushes."
Harris sat out games two, three, and four, but returned in week five. On the season, Harris ended up with just over 700 yards and nine touchdowns.
"He had a pretty good year but not the kind of year he would like," Coach Harris said. "He didn't get the touches and that actually hurt our offense because we were set up to run."
Regardless, Harris' ankle is now back to feeling good and Harris himself is feeling good about his future team. "I think he's pleased that Wake Forest stuck with him despite his injury," Coach Harris said. "He's real excited. He's hoping he can get up there this summer. Coach Elrod, his recruiting coach, said they want to get him in for the summer..."
Harris, who is preparing for weightlifting season, currently benches over 400 pounds. His weight has increased to around 225 pounds.
Harris will sign his letter of intent with Wake Forest on Wednesday at 12:30.