Xavier Harris Q&A

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., wide receiver prospect – 2006 signee profile

Xavier Harris was one of the most productive wide receivers in the talent-rich state of Florida last fall. He caught 41 passes for 864 yards and seven touchdowns in his senior year, and had nearly 2,000 receiving yards in his career.

Harris, 5-foot-11, 175 pounds out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was an honorable mention all-state selection. He was recruited by wide receivers coach Henry Mason and head coach Bret Bielema.

Harris has a 2.8 grade-point average and he scored an 890 composite SAT on the math and verbal sections of the exam. He plans to major in business.

Badger Nation: What are your expectations for this year, do you expect to redshirt? How do you expect to fit in at Wisconsin?

Xavier Harris: "I expect to probably go in and play. I know that to play, I have to go in there and work hard. The first day I step on campus, that's just when I'll go and work hard and try my best to impress Coach Mason so that I can get on the field as quick as possible.

BN: Do you remember what your first impression was of the University of Wisconsin?

XH: "The first impression was like, ‘Who is Wisconsin?' pretty much."

[The Badgers began recruiting Harris when he was a sophomore.]

BN: How did you transition from ‘Who is Wisconsin' to learning more about the program?

XH: "Just pretty much paying more attention to college football. I wasn't the type of person that really looked at a lot of college football. As it boils down to ‘what school are you going to pick,' you have to pay attention to that kind of stuff. Even when I did start to get to know who Wisconsin was, it wasn't a big thing because I still never expected to go there because it was so far away. And then eventually, I don't know what happened…

"Mostly, it was probably Coach B and Coach Mason, just the comfort zone, feeling comfortable, that's what it is."

BN: Are you worried about traveling this far from home?

XH: "Yes, but I know that to better myself for the future, that's probably the best thing to do."

BN: Do you have a favorite memory from your official visit (Dec. 9)?

XH: "Not really. I enjoyed it all, I enjoyed it all."

BN: What are you most proud of from your high school career?

XH: "Everything. I'm proud of all of my accomplishments. Everything that I have accomplished and that I will accomplish someday. I'm kind of just sucking up the moment right now."

BN: Did you have a favorite college team growing up?

XH: University of Florida

BN: Is there an athlete you've modeled your game after?

XH: "In a way, I'd probably say Andre Johnson."

BN: Why in particular Andre Johnson?

XH: "Just for the simple fact that… He's a playmaker just like me. They take the short one and make something happen. He can catch the long ball. Whatever he needs to do he'll do it."

BN: Who would you say has been the biggest influence on your for your football career?

XH: "Probably my older brother. .. Pretty much, that's who taught me the game, pretty much. When I was younger, he used to every day after school, take me outside and play catch with me. When things were going hard, no matter what, he was always by me."

BN: What are your goals for college?

XH: "I'm trying not to think about it. What I think I want to do is just want to come up there, get comfortable, get a feel for the town, for the people, for the coaches, and just take it from there. Everyone wants to be successful. But as far as any particulars, not really."

BN: Where do you hope to be in 10 years?

XH: "Where do I hope to be in 10 years? If all works out, hopefully I'll be in the NFL. That's the reason why we play this game."

BN: Favorite sports movie?

XH: "Remember the Titans."

BN: Favorite non-sport historical figure?

XH: "Martin Luther King, Jr."


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