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Saturday, December 29, 2012
2014 QB Tyler Harris close to first offer

By Greg Ostendorf

ATLANTA -- Although 2014 quarterback Tyler Harris (Blackshear, Ga./Pierce County) doesn’t have any scholarship offers yet, he’s hoping his performance this week at the Georgia Junior Bowl will turn some heads and possibly even earn him his first offer.

“I think as far as media goes, there’s not a greater place to come than here because you’ve got all of these great companies working to get your name out there,” Harris said.

“For me, one thing I need to work on as far as getting recruiting is being under center, so coming here and learning to take a snap from under center and doing my drops, it’s really going to help me out in the future.”

Harris has already had plenty of interest from the bigger schools. Earlier this month, Alabama assistant coach Lance Thompson came by Pierce County High School to check in on the 6-foot-3 signal caller.

“It was good,” Harris said. “He came up for our first-round playoff game, and he just wanted to sit down and talk to me. We just kind of hung out for a little while and talked.”

Harris visited Alabama for the Crimson Tide’s home opener against Western Kentucky in September. He also made trips to Florida, Georgia and South Carolina during the season. His favorite experience? Columbia, S.C.

“I really liked the atmosphere at South Carolina,” Harris said. “They have their white towels, and they do their Sandstorm, and that’s really neat. I just really like their fan base because even though they were beating Georgia pretty bad, their fans were there the whole game. It was loud the whole time, so they have a lot of support there.”

The first offer is on the horizon, and Harris thinks Vanderbilt might be closest to pulling the trigger. VU quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne came by the school a couple weeks ago and said he wants Harris to visit next month so he can see him throw.

This week, Harris is just focused on competing in the Rising Seniors program with some of the top 2014 prospects in the country.

“It’s a great experience,” he said. “Like someone said already, you might be the star at your school, but when you come here, there’s a lot of great players. It’s just good to come, compete and see how you stack up against all this great competition.”