It was this performance as well as his strong junior campaign that afforded Harris the chance to be a D-I athlete.
"I committed last night," Josh Harris said Wednesday evening. [Coach Billings] called me earlier in the morning but I was in school so then I called him back. I had made my decision so I committed to him."
Harris visited Wake Forest two weeks ago and returned from the visit impressed with the Demon Deacon program. "My visit with regards to academics and football was great. They've upgraded the football facilities and I'm very impressed with the education. The classrooms are small so you get a lot of help. I was impressed with the required study hall and their graduation rate and how it is so high. The people out of there are so successful."
On the flip side, the Wake coaches were also highly impressed with Harris. "[Coach Billings] said he saw enough of my junior film and they liked the meetings I had with them and I was a good kid," Harris noted. "They said they were going to offer. I'm going to send them tape of my senior year to show I'm still the same back I was my junior year. After that, they're going to put me into a running back position. Right now, they're calling me an athlete and want to get me on the field. After my tape is in, I think they'll put me at running back."
Once the offer was in hand, it didn't take long for Harris to decide to jump the scholarship from Wake Forest. "Last Monday I believe I got the offer and I was very excited," he noted. "That was my first Division I offer so I was extremely excited. I said I would talk it over with my parents and I talked it over with them and took it into consideration that Wake Forest was talking to me during my injury. "They were recruiting me even while I was hurt so it was more so like they were dedicated to me so I felt special about that. After talking with my parents and they got more information on them and saw how good an academic school they were, they really agreed that this was the best decision."
His decision to attend Wake Forest gets him an opportunity to play football at the D-I and ACC level and affords Harris with the chance to receive a first-class education. "It makes me feel real good that my work from my freshman year until now paid off and getting a full ride is happening. I don't have to give the hassle to my parents of figuring out how to pay for my education. I also get to have fun and play football in the ACC."
Wake Forest is picking up an impressive physical specimen in Josh Harris. At 5'10, 192 with a 4.32 forty, Harris' has proven to have top notch speed. What is even more impressive is his strength numbers. In the weight room, Harris has squatted 580 pounds and has a max bench of 418 pounds.
"I think I'm a lot stronger than people think," Harris said of his game. "I can run in between the tackles and I can also run outside. If I see a seam, I don't think there's a defensive back in the country that can catch me so if I can get the ball on the outside I can make things happen. I can also be a short yardage back if I need to – I know how to put my head down and fight for one or two yards."
Harris believes he needs to continue to improve his strength to be successful at the next level, however. "I'm not really worried about my speed – I think I'll be able to adjust. I just want to add on some weight, 5-10 more pounds, before getting up there. Once I get there, I'll add on some more weight. I just need to work on strength and size because the linebackers in college and the ACC are much stronger and bigger than the linebackers here at the high school level."
Prior to committing to Wake Forest, Harris was recruited by the likes of Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech, and Iowa State.
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