One of the top players in the West region next year on both sides of the ball will be Gardena (Calif.) Serra's DaJohn Harris. In fact, we would rate Harris as one of the top three prospects in the state at both tight end and defensive tackle and love his upside on either side of the ball.
Harris, 6-4, 250 pounds had a solid junior season earning all-league honors after catching 14 balls for 135 yards and one touchdown on offense to go with 50 tackles, eight sacks and fumble recovery that he caused and returned for a 60 yard score. Still it wasn't until the recent Army All-American combine that his stock really blew up after he was rated the top tight tight in the camp.
"No one has offered me yet but I'm hearing from a ton of schools," Harris said. "The main ones are UCLA, Miami, Texas, Virginia, Colorado State, Washington, Oregon State, Nebraska, Arizona and Nevada. I'm still pretty open right now and have a big list of schools but I grew up a big USC fan and they're my No. 1 school right now. After them, I like Miami, UCLA, Texas and Arizona, that would be my top five.
"Right now, most schools are recruiting me as an athlete to play on either side of the ball. I don't really have much of a preference between the two. I like tight end but I enjoy playing defense too. I'll play wherever I can get on the field."
Harris has great hands but just average speed for a tight end and with his frame, we expect him to continue to get bigger and feel defensive tackle is his best college position. He's naturally strong and when combined with his quickness off the ball, he could be a potential monster in the trenches in a few years.
Academically, Harris is carrying a 2.8 GPA and said he would like to major in Accounting in college. He'll attend the Nike camp at Stanford in May.