Gardena (Calif.) Serra two way standout DaJohn Harris picked up his first scholarship from Arizona just a few weeks ago and since then, the athlete has seen four more schools jump on the bandwagon.
Harris, 6-4, 250 pounds plays both tight end and defensive tackle and was rated the top tight end at the recent Army All-American combine. As good as he is catching the ball, Harris projects as a defensive tackle in college and his ability on offense has actually helped his stock on the defensive side of the ball.
"When schools see his athleticism at tight end, they imagine how good he'll be in college at defensive tackle," Serra coach Scott Altenberg. "I mean, he could play tight end in college, no doubt about it, but he could have a bigger impact on defense and that's where he wants to play in college as well."
Since the Wildcat offer, Harris has landed offers from Oregon, UNLV, Nebraska and Washington with several schools showing heavy interest as well.
"Arizona State said they would be offering very shortly and both UCLA and USC are all over him," Altenberg said. "DaJohn loved UCLA's Junior Day and was so caught up in the moment that he told me afterward that if they had offered him at the time, he would have committed on the spot. I think he has backed off that now but he really likes them a lot.
"I know UCLA likes him a lot but they only have about 10 scholarships to give out so they're being very picky right now. We attended practice last Thursday with a couple of my other players, Anthony Boyles and Apiata Tuihalamaka and they showed a ton of interest in all three kids. As we were leaving, Karl (Dorrell) even ran over to us while practice was still going on to say thanks for coming.
"USC likes DaJohn a lot as well but I've been playing phone tag with Ken Norton the last couple of weeks so I'm not sure just how high they have the kids on their board. When we talked a few weeks ago, Norton said the staff was very interested in all three players and they were going to watch a bunch of film and compare the kids to other players on their board. Since then, Ken and I must have called and missed each other about four times so I'm not sure what they thought of the film.
"All three kids will be going to USC's Junior Day and that will be good for them, especially for DaJohn so he has something to compare to UCLA. I think those are definitely his top two schools right now."