Football Recruiting

John Harris: ‘I Could See Myself There’

Wide receiver John Harris quickly made a name for himself on the football field during his sophomore campaign at Naaman Forest High School in Garland, and top programs took notice. Harris took a visit to Austin over the weekend and talked with Inside Texas about the experience.
Naaman Forest wide receiver John Harris was nothing short of dangerous last season with the ball in his hands. As only a sophomore, Harris racked up 845 yards receiving, averaging 18.8 yards per catch, and found the end zone nine times on his way to earning Sophomore of the Year and First Team All-District honors.

At 6-foot-3, 184 pounds, Harris already has a good frame for the position and schools have already started to take notice. He was scheduled to be in Austin for Sunday’s mini-camp but arrived a day early. Harris was unable to participate in camp but did get a feel for the University of Texas during his stay.

“No,” Harris said when asked if he had made it to any summer camps. “I was supposed to go to Texas, but I went on the wrong day. So, I went on an unofficial visit.”

When asked about his trip to Austin, Harris said, “It was a nice atmosphere. I like it a lot. The campus was nice, and they have a nice coaching staff. I could see myself there.”

Harris had an opportunity to chat with Texas’ wide receiver coach Bobby Kennedy, who will be keeping a close eye on Harris during his junior season.

“I talked to Coach Kennedy,” Harris said. “He said he was looking forward to coming to see me play during the fall and that he hoped I had a good breakout season.”

Aside from Texas, Harris mentioned UCLA and Oklahoma as two places he would likely take a look at when recruiting rolls around. He is also planning on visiting Texas Tech in July.

When asked about the most important factor in his recruitment, Harris said that atmosphere would play a big role.

“I want to go somewhere where I can be surrounded by people like me.”