Cougs offer versatile DL/TE

WITH UPPERCLASSMEN IN Washington State's DT ranks, the Cougs are in the market for big bodies up front this recruiting class. An elite defensive line and tight end prospect, Da'John Harris is already up to eight offers. The 6-foot-4, 250 pounder out of Gardena, Calif., just outside of LA, recently received a scholie in the mail from Washington State.

Harris said he hasn't had the chance to talk with many schools outside of California since college coaches are not allowed to initiate a phone call until the May evaluation period. He did say he's looking forward to learning more about WSU and others.

"Washington State has a good program," said Harris.

Harris did have the opportunity to talk to Oregon State late Thursday night, calling the conversation with recruiting coach Nigel Burton, "exciting".

Most are leaving it up to Harris whether he wants to man the defensive line or play tight end.

""I know Washington has told me I could play either/or," said the Junipero Serra High standout. "Nebraska told me I could play either/or, Oregon State said I could play either/or, Oregon said the same -- basically all of the schools said I could play either/or. I haven't really decided (where I want to play). It's hard to choose."

HAVING BURST ONTO the radars of many schools at the US Army National Combine, where he was named All-Combine first team TE, Harris is now up to eight offers with no sign of slowing down.

"That opened up a lot of doors for me," said Harris.

Besides Washington State, Harris holds offers from Washington State, Arizona, Washington, UNLV, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Oregon. Notre Dame is also one he's interested in, as are the two local schools.

It's safe to say that although UCLA and USC haven't offered, they're definitely high up on his list. But Harris said it isn't necessarily accurate any longer to say he has any frontrunners.

"I don't really have a favorite," said Harris. "To tell you the truth, a lot of what they write about me, some people just write what they think. USC and UCLA would be my favorites if I just wanted to be part of the hype but when I go to college I want to be a true freshman starter. And I think if I go to USC or UCLA, with all the returnees they have, I might not be able to do that."

Harris said he doesn't anticipate an early decision, and wants to make an informed choice.

"I'm not going to eliminate any colleges because I don't have my mind set on just one," said Harris. "I want to be open to all the colleges, and I want to see what (all the coaches are) talking about."

HIS JUNIOR SEASON, Harris showed good blocking ability, with 13 catches for 145 yards in a run dominated offense. Defensively, he racked up 40 tackles with 6.5 sacks out on the edge, earning all-league honors.

There are over seven minutes of sophomore and junior highlights on Harris's player page.

Da'John Harris profile and video

NORTHWEST CONNECTION:
In addition to noting Washington State has a good program and a productive conversation with OSU's Burton, Harris's godfather, Joe Kelly, played for the Huskies.

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