Along with his quarterback Nick Fanuzzi, San Antonio (Texas) Churchill tight end Ian Harris has had to change his role on the Lone Star program more than once. However, no matter what the challenge Harris has shined and that has colleges knocking on the door.
Before Fanuzzi was injured, Harris was an all-district sophomore ready to be a tight end in a wide open offense. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder split out wide and was a big target for his top rated quarterback. When his quarterback was injured, he improved and became a very good blocking tight end.
"When he was in there, we really thought it would be better to be in a shotgun offense," Harris said. "That let me play receiver. Then when he went down with the shoulder injury, we put a lot of stock in the run. I blocked more and I improved as a blocker."
"I can pretty much do it all."
That is why that coaches have been by the school from Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, Duke, and UCLA to check out both Harris and Fanuzzi. Harris says that no offer has come.
He's patiently waiting for that first one to come his way.
"Right now we're just waiting and seeing," he said. "The college that has been on me the longest was Iowa. My brother, Gilbert Harris, actually played at Arizona. So there are a lot of schools out there that I like."
"Texas is my favorite though. Seeing the run they just made with recruiting and the national title, it would be nice to stay in-state with all of that going on."
His whole family is full of athletes, so Harris says he's living up to the family tradition.
"My dad played soccer in Central America and then they lived in New York where my brother played basketball and football," he said. "Then my other brother is a junior college basketball player. We've done it all and it's what we're good at."