- Radi Nabulsi, Reporter, DawgNation
A number of 2013 prospects in Georgia have seen their stock skyrocket practically overnight. On Monday they have zero offers then but by the time Saturday rolls around they have six SEC offers. Some recent examples include Antonio Riles (Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer), Naim Mustafaa (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta) and Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland). That trio exploded on the recruiting scene and now has close to 30 offers combined.
So who will be the next Peach State prospect to figuratively blow up?
According to Dutchtown head coach Jason Galt, it could very well be offensive lineman Jordan Harris (Hampton, Ga./Dutchtown).
“He doesn’t have any official offers that I am aware of, but I expect that to change soon here,” Galt said. “He is 6-foot-5, 330 pounds. He moves well for a big guy. It is about to start for him pretty soon.”
Galt says that Harris is the definition of a late bloomer.
“A lot of coaches come and see him and they like what they see, especially since you can’t have enough linemen and you can’t coach 6-foot-5,” Galt said. “I really feel it is about to explode for him. When they came through and saw him as a sophomore, he was blocking people but not pancaking them. When they see his latest film of him driving kids and dominating, they will see he is more than just a big body.”
Harris is not exactly an unknown. He was selected to participate in the Rising Seniors Bowl in December, marking him as one of the top performers in the state. His 5.2 seconds in the 40-yard dash and seven-foot wingspan has major programs taking notice.
“I have heard from Georgia and a lot of SEC schools,” Harris said. “Florida State is on me a lot. I like the Seminoles. I hear from Auburn, Clemson, Kentucky, and Georgia Tech. I’ll visit N.C. State and South Florida soon.”
This past weekend Harris went down to Tallahassee to visit the Seminoles. But Florida State is not his dream school.
“It has always been Georgia,” Harris said. “While I was growing up, my parents gave me a lot of Georgia stuff. I had never been to a game before until I was invited to the Kentucky game last year. It was a great experience. Being in the locker room and all that -- seeing that they were like a family -- I grew into a bigger Georgia fan.
“I am always looking them up on the Internet to see what is going on. I have always been a Georgia fan. I would go crazy if they offered. That is the number one school I want to go to.”
Galt knows how much Harris loves the Bulldogs.
“If Georgia offers, his recruitment will end right there,” Galt said. “That is where he wants to be.”
Harris’ massive size obscures the fact that he is only 16 years old and will be 17 when he graduates. He was very young indeed when he came to Athens last year and met offensive line coach Will Friend.
“When I was at the camp I had a good relationship with Coach Friend,” Harris said. “So we have a friendship. I might be there this summer.”
Wherever Harris camps over the summer, the coaches there will see a new man according to Galt.
“His best football is ahead of him,” Galt said. “His freshman year he didn’t play much for us but he was a big body and we kind of knew what he was going to become. So we started him as a sophomore, even though he might not have been ready for it, because we knew by the time he was a senior he would be a dominant player. He played all 13 games as a sophomore. Then last year, as a junior, he started off all right, but in the last three games, the light bulb finally went off for him. He finally figured out he could dominate players. He had some games where he was driving people 20 yards down the field, basically controlling those guys from the line of scrimmage.
“Hopefully this year he will be a dominant player out there like he was for us those last three games. He has always had the size and always had the potential. He has always played basketball, which is why he has such good feet. He has gotten better every year, and I think for his future the sky is the limit.”
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