RECRUITING: WSU in Top 5 for Harris

With both starting safeties graduating, one of the needs for <b>Washington State</b> this recruiting class is a safety who can step in and contribute right away. Conventional wisdom would point to a junior college defensive back -- it would take a very special incoming true freshman to fill that role. <b>Will Harris</b> out of Charter Oak High might just be such a player.

Four-star prospect Will Harris listed Arizona State as his leader the last time we spoke with him. But as of Sunday night, the top-rated safety in the West stated everyone in his final Top 5 is even. Given that ASU led slightly over Cal, UCLA and USC previously, is there a school or two that leads over the others, even if only by the slightest of margins?

"No...They're (all) recruiting real hard right now," Harris told Cougfan.com on Sunday night.

So that's a change from how it looked about a month ago?

"Yes," Harris explained. "There are five that are leading the most right now, and they're all recruiting real hard right now because I'll make my decision soon."

Upon completing his visits, Harris said he will announce his decision at the Cali-Florida Bowl on January 2.

The top five for the No. 12 ranked safety in the nation:
"Washington State, USC, UCLA, Cal, Arizona State."

Every school in the Pac-10 offered the Charter Oak star as did Michigan, among others.

Harris has a visit scheduled for Washington State on Dec 10 but he's trying to move that up to this weekend, for Dec 3. His plans then call for official visits to USC and UCLA the following two weeks, Dec 10 and Dec 17, respectively. He tripped to Arizona State in October and visited Cal on Nov. 20.

Harris and Charter Oak (8-4) lost to undefeated Newport Harbor 14-7 in the quarterfinals of the playoffs Friday. The 6-2, 194-pound Harris accounted for the Chargers' points, skying over a defender and then racing down the sideline to complete the 87 yard scoring play. Harris had a game-high 104 yards on four catches but his future is clearly on the defensive side of the ball.

Although his football season has come to a close, there will be little rest for Harris. A mere two days after the last football game of the season, the accomplished athlete had already joined his basketball team for practice. As a basketball player, Harris was the MVP of the league last year.


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