Harris hopes to build on success

Southwestern RB Aaron Harris (5-11, 200) isn't your typical speedy running back. While he possesses 4.38 speed, he also takes pride in grinding out the tough yards as well and that's the way he approaches the game -- with a work ethic matched by few others. JCFootball.com spoke to the explosive runner recently and he updated us on things including what drives him to be the best...

"I don't want anything handed to me," Harris told JCFootball.com. "My parents raised me to be the hardest worker out there and that's the way I approach my life -- if you always work hard, you never regret anything and you can always say you gave it your best."

That work ethic is what drove Harris to choose Southwestern after a solid prep career at Granite Hills (El Cajon, Ca.) High School.

"I was recruited by a couple other schools, but I felt like they were promising me things that weren't realistic," Harris recalled. "Coach (Ed) Carberry told me if I came in and worked hard that I had a chance to do something special and be a playmaker for them.

"I never want to have anything handed to me. I just want the chance to compete. That doesn't scare me off at all. It's what drives me and when he said that to me, I knew Southwestern was the place I wanted to be."

As a freshman last fall, Harris had one of the best season's a Jaguar back has had, posting 1,169 yards and 15 touchdowns while also hauling in 23 receptions for 201 yards and two more scores.

"We run out of the spread, so I get into space a lot where I can use my quickness and speed," Harris said. "I can run out of a pro set though and get yards inside. I feel like I can do whatever a team needs me to do."

One area Harris admitted he was focusing on this spring and summer is how he reads defenses and the decisions he makes off of that knowledge.

"My running backs coach, coach Georg Jackson, he retired after the season, but he and I are going to still work on things," Harris said. "We'll watch tape and I'll just work on my vision and how I read the defenses and what they are trying to do to stop me."

Recruiting has been pretty steady for Harris as he's already got one offer and more could be on the way.

"Right now my only offer is from San Diego State, but USC and Hawaii are both recruiting me pretty hard and they really seem like they could be close to offering me," Harris said. "Cincinnati, Ole Miss, Nevada and Wyoming are also recruiting me and are interested too."

Harris noted he plans to take the recruiting process slowly and hopes to take all of his official visits before he signs with a school in December.

Wherever he ends up he'll have three years to play two once he steps on campus next January.

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