Pro Bowl Help

With his dad spending eight seasons in Green Bay and becoming a two-time Pro Bowler with the Packers, Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas cornerback Al Harris Jr. is now looking at playing for Wisconsin.

A familiar name to Wisconsin football fans is Al Harris, who spent seven years of his NFL career in Green Bay before retiring with the Packers this offseason. The former pro bowler is now the assistant defensive backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs and is watching his son Al Harris Jr. perform on the football field at Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas.

Over a dozen offers, the 5-11, 170-pound Harris Jr. was extended an offer from Wisconsin and likes what the program has to offer.

"I was offered by Wisconsin and I found out by my coach telling me," Harris Jr. told Badger Nation. "I was excited because Wisconsin has a great program and when Coach Beatty told they play a lot of man to man that was another plus. I like Wisconsin's program, the defense scheme they run and my father likes them as well.

"Coach Beatty is a great guy. He is also a really good coach and I know he has coached some really good wide receivers like Percy Harvin and Tavon Austin."

Living in Wisconsin for a large amount of his dad's career, Harris Jr. got to see his share of Wisconsin, but insists that he won't favor the Badgers because of that.

"My dad does like Wisconsin, but it won't give them an edge over anything," he said. "I am looking at the scheme and how I fit in their defense, when looking at these schools."

A three-star recruit, Harris Jr. is the No. 38 cornerback in the nation by Fox Sports Next. His offer list likes up to his ranking holding BCS offers from Cincinnati, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina and UCLA in addition to Wisconsin. He says no school is sticking out.

With having a Pro Bowler in his dad, Harris Jr. acknowledges that he can absorb many things that most wouldn't be able to get. He also understands he still has a long way to go until he gets to that level.

"He gives me a lot of advice and tips," Harris Jr. says of his dad. "He always tells me to focus on the game and all of the extra stuff will handle itself. I don't ever think about anything like being better than my dad (laughter). I'll be lucky to even play half of the amount of years he played in the NFL. I will work to be the best, though."

Helping his team with the state championship as a junior, Harris Jr. ended his season with 21 tackles, six pass break-ups and an interception. This summer he plans on touring the country to see what some of these schools have to offer.

"I definitely want to visit Wisconsin, Florida State, South Carolina and Louisville," he said. "Me and my father will decide on another one, but I'm not sure on the camps yet."

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