TX RB Returns From WFU

Josh Harris, a 5'10, 192 pound running back out of Duncanville, Texas is one of the fastest prospects in the state of Texas in 2009. With a 40 timed at 4.34 and impressive accolades in the 100 and 200 meters, Harris was expected to be a highly recruited prospect during his senior year…

Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worst in early 2008 as Josh Harris tore ligaments in his knee, setting back his recruitment. "I tore my ACL and LCL back in April," Harris said. "I had surgery in May and the doctor said I was going to be out 6-8 months and to work hard in rehab. I got back in 5 ½ months. My 1st game back was October 24th, the 2nd to last game of the regular season and I also played the final game. Then we had a bye before the playoffs. I'm getting ready for the playoffs now."

Harris amassed 126 yards and a touchdown on just nine carries in his first game back from injury and added 157 yards and three touchdowns the following week.

Harris believes he has returned to the field stronger than he was during a junior campaign where he ran for 900 yards and six touchdowns on 60 carries. He also added 80 tackles on defense for Duncanville. "I feel like I'm now 100%," Harris said. "I feel like I'm stronger. I feel much faster, much stronger. I spent time getting strength back in my legs and while I was out I was also working on my upper body as I couldn't do anything else."

"A whole lot of people are underestimating us because of who we played in the regular season," Harris noted. "I feel we are the most athletically talented team in the playoffs right now. We have to work on playing smart and executing. If we got that together we should do well."

From a recruiting perspective, the more games the better for Harris. Schools are highly interested in seeing senior film to ensure that Harris' recovery was successful. "A lot of teams dropped out when they found I was hurt," Harris said of his recruitment, "but some teams stayed on my team when I was hurt. I made a tape of last year and teams were interested. Now they want to see if I'm the same person this season and that's where I am with Wake Forest. They said they were very interested and wanted film."

Along with the Demon Deacons, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech, Fresno State, and Utah State are among the teams showing interest in the Duncanville native. None of those schools have offered just yet though Harris believes that will change once film is sent out to each school. This past weekend, Harris took his first official visit, a trip to Winston-Salem for a visit at Wake Forest. "I had a very good time," Harris said. "I was extremely impressed with the school and athletic facilities. I really like the school, how it isn't that big, and not a lot of students are in the classes. I'm able to learn everything I need to learn and the football program has tutors and require 8 hours of study hall per week. Those are things that will help me be successful."

Hosted by fellow Texan Chris Givens, another player who overcame a knee injury in high school, Harris felt comfortable with the Demon Deacon players. "I feel like I could get along with a lot of the players up there," he said. "They were very nice and said they were glad I was there."

The coaches also disclosed their pleasure at having Harris on campus. "They were real nice and welcoming. They are very impressed with my size and speed and what I did my junior year but due to my injury they want to see that I'm the same type of tailback now. After the film, they'll like what they see I think they will offer."

Harris plans to send in game film from the end of his season this week and will subsequently send in tapes from the playoffs in future weeks. Stay tuned to DeaconSports for the latest on Harris' recruitment.


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