Defensive back Will Harris (6-3, 185, 4.5) from Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak is fast becoming one of the most sought after safeties on the west coast. The talented Harris also a standout in basketball and is getting calls for his talents in that sport, too.
For his skill on the hardwood, Harris was selected League MVP, all-area and all-CIF. Harris also excels in track and field.
The word is USC’s head basketball coach Henry Bibby is very interested in Harris for hoops. More than likely Harris will end up as a football player and he has an impressive list of early offers.
Arizona, Arizona State, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Michigan and San Diego State have all tendered offers for the services of Harris.
Though the two local schools are putting the full court press on Harris.
“Pete Carroll called and offered the scholarship himself and that was impressive,” Michael Harris, Sr., Will Harris’ father said. “Even so, Will is keeping an open mind.”
“He respects UCLA and like them a lot, too,” Harris, Sr., said. “He likes his recruiter Eric Bieniemy. But like I said Will is very open.”
Other schools aren’t giving up on stealing one of SoCal’s top prospects out of USC’s and UCLA’s backyard.
“Everybody came by the school this spring,” Harris, Sr., said. “The likes of Michigan, Oklahoma and Notre Dame have been by.”
Rivals.com was able to see Harris up close at a recent camp and he was a man.
Harris was very flexible and was able to turn on the ball. He also stuck to his man like glue and we didn’t see anyone complete a pass on him all day.
Probably the most impressive thing about Harris was his competitive nature and overall toughness. When Harris dropped a sure interception he dropped down and did pushups much to the delight of all onlookers.
There is a reason why Harris is climbing the charts and is now one of the most sought after safeties in the state.
The very athletic Harris has recorded a 40-inch vertical jump. He has been working hard in the off-season he has improved his bench from 285 to 315, his squat from 385 to 425 and he power cleans 225.
The odds are that Harris will attend both UCLA’s and USC’s football three day camps later this month.
Playing both safety and wide receiver, Harris was honored all-league for both his sophomore and junior seasons. He was also chosen all-area and all-CIF for his junior season performance.
In an earlier interview with Rivals.com Charter Oak head coach Lou Farrar had this to say about his talented player.
“Will has a great break on the ball. He has the size and aggressiveness that D-I schools love for today’s defenses.”
To give you an indication how explosive and quick to the ball Harris actually is he picked off four games against a very good Diamond Bar team.
Harris was so good against Diamond Bar the story goes that they dropped Charter Oak off their schedule and won’t play them until Harris is creating havoc on the collegiate level.