Three-star DE Jalen Harris quickly sets WSU unofficial visit

JUNIOR JALEN HARRIS received an offer from WSU last week and the 6-4, 210-pounder has wasted no time setting a visit to the Palouse. He’s ranked a three-star receiver, but that’s not where the coaches envision him lining up at the next level. They want him to play for a WSU assistant who knows Harris’s dad quite well.

Harris is ranked the No. 25 receiver out West, but the Cougars like him as a defensive end, he told on Sunday night. 

As a junior last fall, he recorded 43 tackles and a head-turning 17.5 sacks. He added three pass deflections and three forced fumbles. Offensively, he caught 50 balls for 757 yards and five touchdowns. 

“I received my offer last Sunday,” Harris said. I was excited and actually surprised that the coaches were working on a Sunday. They’re recruiting me as a defensive end.”

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And with the Cougs eyeing has as a DE, WSU defensive line coach Joe Salave'a  is running the point on Harris’s recruitment. The veteran WSU assistant, and former NFL star, has developed a quick relationship with the Arizona product.

“I've been talking with Coach Salave’a the most,” Harris said. “He's a nice guy. He was actually a college teammate of my dad's (Sean Harris) at the University of Arizona.

The coaches said that I'm a good pass rusher and athlete. They can see me in a Washington State uniform.”

And Harris will have the opportunity to try on a WSU uniform early next month when he takes his unofficial visit to campus. 

“(My relationship with WSU) is strong,” he said. “It's so early in the recruiting process, I'm excited to build relationships with coaches and hear about their visions of me as a student athlete.

“I'm visiting in a couple weeks. My family and I will go to Iowa State next weekend and Pullman June 4-5.”

In addition to WSU, Harris holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Iowa State, Oregon State, UNLV, Central Florida and a few others. He said he’s planning on making his college decision in the middle of his senior season. 

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