December 28, 2012

Harris standing out

ATLANTA - It doesn't take long at the Rising Seniors' East team practice before the lean frame of Collins Hill offensive lineman Christian Harris stands out.

At 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds, Harris carries very little bad weight and has the knee bend, quick feet, and long arms that programs covet in an offensive tackle.

While the junior sleeper currently plays in a tough region at Collins Hill, he is taking his time at Rising Seniors to taking all information that can possibly make him a better player.

"Yesterday we were just getting to know our teammates and stuff like that. We had a chance to learn from the best with the speakers and all.," said Harris. "Today, we had two practices. In the first session things were looking pretty rough but you could tell we picked it up in the second session."

Lining up at tackle is something that Harris makes look fairly easy, but due to the fact that he hasn't played the position in a couple of years, it isn't nearly as easy at it looks.

"I grew up playing both sides of the ball. Then in ninth grade year I stopped and in the tenth grade I started playing defensive end only," said Harris. "Then I moved back to tackle. I'm a little rusty playing offensive line, but it is something I am getting used to."

Some recruits see their recruitment start of fairly slow with some non-BCS schools, but not Harris.

The Suwanee native doesn't have an offer at this point, but is being recruited the hardest by three big time SEC schools.

"I'm hearing from Alabama, LSU, and UGA the most," said Harris. ""Georgia said they should be offering me soon. I really go down there a lot. I can't make it to Alabama or LSU. Right now they (Georgia) are in the lead."

Visiting Georgia a number of times has the Bulldogs on top at this point, but there is one other big reason as well.

"My family is real big Georgia fans," he said. "We watch them a lot. My family really influences me and they really want me to go there."

UGA may possess an early edge for the athletic lineman, but Harris plans taking plenty of visits as soon as he has the time.

"Alabama and LSU are places I really need to see," he said. "Georgia Tech wants me to come see them. Then I'll get up to see Georgia some more, too."

In the meantime, Harris plans on leaning on his strengths to get through Rising Seniors week and make a name for himself.

"I think I have good feet. I'm faster and more agile than others," said Harris. "I have long arms and that always helps. I know the defensive side of the ball from playing defensive end so I know how to read what they are doing."

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