Fresno (Calif.) Edison will be loaded in the class of 2009 and has already seen one player, T.J. McDonald, commit to USC. Fellow Tiger defensive back Cliff Harris is a national recruit as well and will likely have double digit scholarship offers by the time spring rolls around.
Harris, 6-0, 150 pounds is the latest in a long line of talented Tiger corners. He started as a sophomore at Edison, had a great showing at the SoCal NIKE Camp and then went out and had a dominant junior season as well.
Harris picked off seven passes this past season and according to long time Tiger DB coach Tony Perry, measures up favorably with anyone who has played the position for him.
"Cliff is phenomenal," Perry said. "I can't even tell you how good he is. He's off the charts in his ability and could be the best corner we've ever had here. He's not as physical as guys like Robert Golden or Ricky Manning but in terms of his pure cover skills, he could be the best we've had."
On the recruiting front, Harris picked up early offers from Utah and Arizona and was very excited by his most recent offer.
"My last offer came from USC," Harris said. "Coach Seto, the DB coach came to my last game and then invited some of us to their game against UCLA. I was really impressed with how they played and it was a good environment to be at. I went in to the locker room after the game and then Coach Carroll called Coach McDonald and offered me and T.J.
"T.J. jumped on, but I'm going to take my time and go through the recruiting process. T.J. has always been a Trojan since his dad played there but for me, growing up, I never really had a time I rooted for, I was more of a fan of certain players.
"I've always liked watching Reggie Bush, Devin Hester and Deion Sanders, those three guys were my favorite players to watch. I'm going to take my trips and I'm not close to making any decisions right now.
"If I had to name a few schools I like right now, I would say Oregon impresses me a lot. I've been talking with them a lot already. Of course USC with the recent offer and I like a lot of the schools in the South too like LSU, Tennessee, Florida and schools like that. If DeWayne Walker stays at UCLA, I'll be very interested in them as well.
"The main things I'm looking for in a school are my relationship with the coaches, the kind of defense they play- I'm a man to man press coverage guy all the way, and I want to play for a school with great tradition and a school with a chance to play for championships."