December 21, 2007

Buffs first to offer local offensive lineman

Jack Harris' team struggled to win games this season. But the 6-foot-6.5, 265-pound offensive tackle from Parker (Colo.) Chaparral had a successful junior season individually. He recently picked up an early offer from a BCS Conference program.

Chaparral went 1-8 in the regular season, missing out on a playoff berth. But they did beat Thornton, 61-0, in a consolation game.

"We just need to start all over for next season," Harris explained. "We were extremely experienced and I thought we would be a championship type team this year but there was too much individualism going on with our team. We didn't play as a team."

Colorado recently extended a written scholarship offer to Harris.

"I went up to their camp last summer and Coach Hawkins and their offensive line coach (Jeff Grimes) were giving me tips, they seemed real interested," Harris said in regards to the Buffaloes. "It seemed like they wanted to offer after the camp but they just needed a little bit of film from my junior season."

Harris took an unofficial visit up to CU this past Saturday.

"I definitely like what Coach Hawkins is doing up there," he said. "He is just a great person to be around. He really cares about everything. That really made a big impression on me.

"Coach Hawkins is really turning things around and I believe they are going to win a national championship under him pretty soon. It is definitely different at CU compared to Kansas State. I visited Kansas State as well and it is just a different kind of atmosphere."

Harris has also drawn early recruiting interest from Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Florida State.

"I am going to wait and see what happens with everything," he said when asked if he plans to make an early decision or wait the recruiting process out. "I'd like to see how things end up working out with the new coach at CSU and just give it time to make sure I make the right decision."

Harris was born in South Carolina. Although he moved to Colorado before his first birthday, he still has family in the south. He grew up cheering for South Carolina, Clemson, CU and CSU.

What will be the main factors that go into Harris' college decision? "Location, whether it is near family and if it is a place that I'd like to live in," he said. "Coaching will be another big factor, how stable the coaching situation is because I wouldn't want to go through a coaching change my junior or senior year. Prestige and academics are the other factors that will go into my decision."

Harris is currently playing basketball and he will be competing in track and field in the spring.

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