October 22, 2013

Under the radar LB commitment has chance to excel v. St. Aug

Holy Cross linebacker Zachery Harris committed to Tulane right before the start of the East Carolina game two weeks ago. Watching the Green Wave take down the Pirates in triple overtime made him even happier with his decision.

For the first time in 11 years, the 5-2 Wave is recruiting with on-field performance rather than promises of future success.

"I really like that," Harris said. "The coaches told me they are in the recovery stage, and I'm starting to really believe them now. The defense put up a really good stand against (East Carolina). That's what I liked a lot."

Tulane was the first school to send Harris (5-feet-11, 192 pounds) a recruiting letter. He received it in his junior year, and he said the Wave has been his top choice since then. Unrated by Rivals.com, he did not have any other FBS offers when he committed -Texas Southern and Bethune-Cookman were his primary pursuers -but he can change the perception of him with a big game this weekend against top-ranked St. Aug and all-world running back Leonard Fournette.

St. Aug is the No. 1-ranked team in Class 5A. Sixth-ranked Holy Cross is undefeated, and the winner likely will take the Catholic League championship.

Stopping Fournette, who rushed for 255 yards in St. Aug's 29-28 victory against powerhouse program John Curtis, will be priority No. 1.

"That's what I've been training for all year, to go against him," Harris said. "I've been looking forward to it since summertime. They're the No. 1 team in the state. If we take them down, we'll have a great chance of maybe going to the dome (Superdome for the state championship game)."

Harris says he made 90 tackles last season and already has close to 80 through seven games this year. With a self-reported time of 4.6 in the 40, he wants to get bigger and faster by the time he arrives at Tulane, where he likes his chances to excel.

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