One of Georgia’s top offensive lineman said he will likely make his college decision by the end of summer or shortly after the start of his senior year of football.
Joe Harris, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman from Lithonia High School, said he has 13 offers, including Clemson, UGA, Georgia Tech, Florida State, South Carolina, Louisville, and North Carolina.
Harris made an unofficial visit to Clemson and is considering a trip to UGA within the next few weeks. He hasn’t been to as many college camps as other top prospects because he is attending summer school to stay on track to meet NCAA academic requirements. Harris said he has been told that Vanderbilt may be his next offer.
“Everybody has been calling and wants him to come to their camp,” Lithonia coach Marcus Jelks said. “Joe has been going to summer classes, and working out with the team. He’s having a good summer, and he will get everything taken care soon enough with the colleges.”
Harris and his Lithonia teammate, David Johnson, did work out at Alabama camp in front of coach Nick Saban last week. Neither have been offered by Alabama, but both were told that they are now under scholarship consideration. David Johnson is a rising junior (2013 prospect) who stands 6-2 and 225 pounds, plays defensive end, and already has early offers from South Carolina and Southern Miss.
“Alabama loved David and I’m pretty sure he will be getting an offer from them,” Jelks said.
Said Harris, “It went really well at Alabama. Coach Saban said he was really impressed with how much weight I’ve lost and said I looked very athletic. He said they want to come to a few of my games and see how I play before making a final decision on whether to offer.”
Harris said he is very high on both in-state schools, Georgia Tech and UGA. He has a family connection to Georgia Tech, with his cousin — and former Lithonia player — Jimmie Kitchen signing with Georgia Tech a few months ago. Harris also said UGA was one of the first schools to offer him, and he’s aware of UGA’s priority of recruiting offensive linemen this year.
Harris has made an amazing transformation with his conditioning. Within the span of a year, Harris dropped from 340 pounds to 275, then added 15 pounds of muscle. He credits workouts and playing basketball for Lithonia for the weight loss.
“Even at 340, he still had great feet, which the college scouts love,” Jelks said. “Now that he’s at 290, he looks that much better.”
Said Harris, “I’m more mobile, and can get to the second and third third level much faster to block linebackers and defensive backs.”
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog Got a recruiting item? firstname.lastname@example.org
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