Two-sport star Kenneth Harris from Cherryville, N.C., was once thought to be strictly a hoops prospect at the next level, but after a stellar performance at wide receiver this fall, football appears to be a legitimate option. One school thought enough of his play on the gridiron to extend him a scholarship offer.
“A while back I was leaning to basketball, because I wasn’t being recruited in football,” he explained. “Now it is even.”
Harris took an unofficial visit to Georgia last weekend he came away with his first offer in football. He has also received a basketball offer from UNC-Ashville, but that is the only school currently showing interest in him on the hardwood.
He is also hearing from Virginia, UNC, and NC State, and plans to attend the NC State – Maryland game and the Virginia – Virginia Tech game this fall. He talked to Georgia about an official visit in December, but did not set a date.
“I want to go where I can have a good building experience, where I can get a good education, and just have fun,” he said. He would like to play close to home, so his family can see him, but noted that Athens is only 2 ½ hours away.
“I am just one of those players that goes out and plays and has fun,” Kenneth commented on his demeanor on the field. “I try not to think about it too much, because when you think too much, you mess up. I take it one play at a time.”
He sees this same quality in two athletes at the professional level, and looks up to them as his role models.
“I look up to Kobe Bryant in basketball and Randy Moss in football,” he explained. “It’s just how they play and make everything look effortless. They have fun out there.”
At 6-foot-4 and 198 pounds, Kenneth runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and boasts a 39-inch vertical leap. In only his second year as a wide receiver – he played quarterback his first two years of varsity football – he had 72 catches for 1404 yards as a senior.
Harris projects as a full qualifier with a 3.3 GPA and an 800 on the SAT. He is scheduled to retake the exam next month.