RECRUITING: Harris only wants to be a RB

GatorCountry.com
Posted Dec 17, 2004


We first told you about Kevin Harris after his spectacular showing at the Nike Combine in Miami last summer. While he was unable to put up sensational numbers during the 2004 high school season, Harris did leave a lasting impression in the final game of the year.

"Our team had a really good year. My year was decent," said Kevin Harris, a Wake Forest commitment. "Unfortunately, I sprained a ligament in my ankle in our first game against West Orange. It lasted most of the way. I ran for 200 yards in our playoff game. We lost to Sandalwood in the first round though."

First year Seminole High School (Sanford, FL) Head Coach Mick Harris is Kevin's dad. A district championship and a 7-3 overall record is not a bad start for a program that has several key underclassmen still on the roster, but with Kevin's competitive nature, 7-3 records just aren't satisfactory.

The 6-1, 225-pound Pittsburgh native is a workout fanatic. He spent hours this past summer working out in the pool to increase the stamina in his lungs. At that time Harris was squatting 500 pound and benching 400 pounds. He ran a 4.54 forty and had a 32.7-inch vertical at the Miami combine. His heroes were those old Steelers players who emphasized physical training.

There is a lot of speculation in recruiting circles that Harris could end up at linebacker, a position from which Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong was hoping to find some interest from Harris. Kevin has let it be known, though, that his desire is to run the football.

"Coach (Jim) Grobe (Wake Forest) was here last night for dinner," Harris said. "He (Grobe) said that the last thing he needs are linebackers. They have a bunch of linebackers over there."

"I haven't heard from a Florida coach since they (Ron Zook's staff) left," said Harris. "I still get letters. But, I haven't heard from Coach Strong or any other Florida coaches. Linebacker is not something that I'm interested in playing "

Harris said that his commitment to Wake Forest is firm as of right now, but if the Gators were to call with an interest in him as a halfback/tailback, he would listen.

"USF I kind of turned away," he said. "They wanted me to play strong safety. I turned away Miami because they wanted me to play fullback."

It is quite likely that Florida recruiting coordinator Mike Locksley still has the Seminole High School star in his Rolodex. Should Coach Urban Meyer determine that Harris fits his system, Kevin will gladly field the call.


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