On a team of full of D-I prospects you have to share the rock for the good of the team. Three-star running back Andre Harris (6-0, 220, 4.4) from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft has done great job becoming the complete running back in the Taft system.
Through four games Harris has accounted for 569 yards and has scored seven touchdowns. Not bad when you have to share the ball with three other D-I players.
"We are a more complete offense than many of the other City Section Schools," Harris said. "We have myself, Malcolm Smith, Jamere Holland, and Chris Wellington. As a result everyone has to get their chance to shine and I really like that fact."
"Other City Section programs look to be so run oriented the backs don't get to work on their pass blocking, and receiving," Harris said. "My interest at this point is playing as a true tailback I feel I am one of the more complete players on the map."
Taft's offensive coordinator Derwin Henderson agrees.
"Andre has been everything we expected and more," Henderson said. "He's done everything asked of him. He's a very special player."
Harris currently has three offers on the table from Washington, Mississippi State and San Diego State.
Besides the three schools that have offered Harris since September 1st, he has received recruiting interest from Arkansas, USC, Cal, Washington State, and UCLA.
What schools are Harris most interested in?
"I want to start off with USC and not because they are No. 1 it is really great they way they use Lendale White," Harris said. "I think I could really step into that position from all aspects short yardage, bass blocking, A/B gap runs, and sweeps."
"I have talked to Coach Greg Burns heavily and attended the Arkansas game and USC is really high on my list. I think a combination of me and (C.J. Gable or Demarco Murray) could really be what they need to continue with a similar style of attack."
"Cal is another program high on my list," Harris said. "I think I run with more power than some of their current backs."
"I really could flourish with such a potent pass attack," Harris said. "I want to visit and I think I will be offered once I take the SAT by Ron Gould and Jeff Tedford. I have talked to Coach Gould in length and I like him a lot."
"I have always had love for UCLA, my brother went there with Ryan Nece and Deshaun Foster," Harris said. "He introduced me to Ricky Manning in like the 8th or 9th grade and I really always wanted to check them out. With UCLA's excellent play lately, they really have caught my eye."
"Washington wants to feature me and I would really be great with their current quarterback," Harris said. "I am considered an all-purpose back because of my hands and I think that I could shine in their offense."
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