Harris eager to visit Washington

Aaron Harris (5-11, 180, 4.45) from Baldwin Park (CA) High has a strong feeling which school he wants to attend, but after consulting with his coach, James Heggins, he decided it was in his best interest to take his five official visits in the fall before committing.

Harris, who is one of the elite running backs on the West Coast, has two schools at the top of his list.

"I have a gut feeling where I want to go, but it's not for sure, yet," Harris said. "It could change and I'm going to take all five of my trips, for sure.

"UCLA and Washington are basically battling it out, but I have a couple of new schools that are in the mix--Arizona and Colorado," Harris said. "Colorado texts me about twice a week. They make me feel like I'm important and they're just staying on top of their game. I'm not going to go to a school where they aren't showing me a lot of love, and Colorado shows me a lot of love.

"Coach (Kasey) Dunn (running backs) from Arizona is a great coach and I love talking to him. He keeps it real and I like coaches who don't sugarcoat anything.

"UCLA is always my top choice, so I talk to them a lot, but I won't be able to attend their camp because it filled up too fast. By the time they got my information, they said it was too late. They said they have my highlight tape and they've seen what I can do in person, so they said it wouldn't be a problem."

Harris won't attend any school's camps this summer, but hopes to take a few unofficial visits.

"I will probably visit a couple of places," Harris said. "Maybe Arizona and I really, really want to go see Washington. I'm just so eager and anxious to get up there, and it's just burning a hole in my chest to go see it. Washington was up at my school again today and I'm thinking, damn, you guys come every week. Washington is at my school once a week, checking in on me and their offensive coordinator was there today, too. I said, ‘You guys come to see me all the time and I want to come see you all.' "

Last season Harris was one of the most prolific running backs in California, but he's also a solid cornerback and some schools are recruiting him at that position. He described what he loves about playing on the defensive side of the ball.

"On offense, you're running, spinning, juking and moving, but defense is head-to-head," Harris said. "My favorite thing about defense as a corner are the one-on-ones. I love to compete. I wish you could see me right now because I love the one-on-ones and I was thinking about some of the plays I did today at practice. My coach was saying,`Man, you're just too solid,' because we have a tight end who's about 6-5 and 250 pounds and I jammed him up. I was super pumped about that. That's a result of a lot of work in the weight room and using good technique, too."

Harris was asked when he knew he had the potential to be a great football player and what it took to become one of the top running backs on the West Coast.

"When I first got to high school I played freshman football," Harris said. "I knew I was good, but every freshman thinks they're good. I sat down with my coach my sophomore season and he told me I was one in a million and how hard I had to work, and I did it--it all paid off. All of the things I did on Friday nights were a result of hard work and it wasn't just me. My teammates saw me performing at a high level, and they all worked hard and competed at a high level, too. Our offensive-line blocking last season was phenomenal. Nothing I did last season would have been possible without my offensive line."

Scout.com will keep you updated as Harris finalizes plans for summer visits.


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