June 8, 2010

Harris closing in on coveted scholarship offer

Charles Harris was already motivated for his senior season at Whitehaven High School in Memphis.

After spending the weekend at the Ole Miss Elite Camp, however, the 6-foot-2, 213-pound outside linebacker has an even greater source of motivation.

Harris was one of the top linebackers in Oxford over the weekend, running a 4.78-second 40-yard dash and showing excellent coverage skills in one-on-one and skeleton drills.

Of course, linebacker play is about physicality, and once Harris proves he thrives on contact, the offer he covets just might be forthcoming.

"Camp was wonderful," Harris said. "I really enjoyed myself. I saw some old faces, some guys from Memphis and some of my competition from other states. It was overall a great experience. (Ole Miss defensive coordinator) Coach (Tyrone) Nix said he liked my footwork. He said he was going to come to my first couple of games and see if I like to hit or not."

If Nix likes what he sees, Harris said, an Ole Miss offer could be in the offing. It's an offer Harris said he "most definitely" wants.

"Ole Miss is a very nice school," Harris said. "I enjoyed the coaches, the facilities, just the spirit and the atmosphere around Ole Miss. It's not too far from home. My parents could see me. Ole Miss would be a great fit for me."

Harris left Oxford and headed south to Hattiesburg, Miss., for Southern Miss' camp. He's planning on camping at Tennessee, Clemson and Vanderbilt as well as attending a couple of seven-on-seven tournaments with his Whitehaven teammates.

"The one-on-one drills always lean to the running backs because they're faster, but I believe our coaches have done a great job with me," Harris said. "It basically comes natural to me."

Harris, who has an offer from Memphis, said he's "real eager" to make a decision though he wants to make sure he doesn't rush into a poor one. Besides Ole Miss, Harris said he has a lot of interest in Louisville and Vanderbilt.

Harris is on track to easily qualify, thanks to a 3.5 core grade-point average and a 22 on the ACT.

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