Among those who competed at the Under Armour Combine earlier this month was 6-foot-1, 160-pound wide receiver Patrick Harris from Groveland (Fla.) South Lake. The junior wideout enjoyed the competition and said he took a business-like approach to the event.
"The combine was real competitive," Harris said. "There were a lot of top defensive backs. I was just trying to do my own thing, show out, and hopefully I will get some offers from my performance. I never relaxed out there today. I was going 100-percent the entire time out there."
Harris has already received his first verbal offer, and many more are likely to come for the long, lanky wideout.
"I have an offer from South Carolina," Harris said. "I am talking to Coach Jeep (Hunter). I really haven't talked to him one-on-one a whole lot lately. When I get a chance to talk to him, he just asks me how I am doing and stuff like that."
An in-state school is also in regular contact with Harris and he believes they may offer during the spring.
"Florida State has told me they have one more spot for 2012 receivers as of right now and they are interested in me," Harris said. "I am talking with Coach (D.J.) Eliot. He has just told me to get into the weight room and that he wants to see me get bigger. He has told me that they like me and that they are real interested."
South Lake, which has produced products such as Nick Waisome, Jordan Montgomery, and Jonotthan Harrison, is a school that is known for having some of the most competitive combine and camp kids on the circuit. That tradition will continue with Harris.
"I plan to make every combine I can, get a lot of work in, and work out with Coach T (Terrance Larmond at South Lake)," Harris said. "I am hoping to get my speed up while getting bigger."