June 13, 2008

Sun Devils in mix for top Nevada corner

One of the top prospects in Nevada's 2009 class is Las Vegas Palo Verde star Torin Harris. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder is considered by some analysts to be the state's top cornerback recruit, and he's among the best athletes in the west.

Harris turned in a Top-10 SPARQ Rating at the Phoenix NIKE combine in February and then one-upped himself with a 116.01 rating at the Long Beach NIKE Combine less than two months later. That mark was one of the best in the nation this year, and included an electronically timed 4.5 seconds in the 40 yard dash, 4.25 seconds in the shuttle run, and staggering 43 inches in the vertical jump, as well as a very impressive power ball toss of more than 36 feet.

"I learned a lot the first time and took that with me when I did the SPARQ testing the second time," Harris said. "I think that had something to do with how well my recruiting has gone in the last couple months. I know I was happy with how things have gone after that.

"I didn't expect it to be this much, but the last couple days of May they were coming hard. I was getting five calls a day but it was cool. It wasn't stressful, it was something to experience, and you hope that happens if you're going to be a good player."

UNLV offered Harris at its junior day and by the end of May the cornerback had offers from Arizona, Colorado State and Washington State.

"Arizona State also is talking about an offer," Harris said. "Coach Cozzetto is recruiting me and I've met him and talked to him on the phone. It's a good relationship, I'm just getting to know him better."

Harris said he's planning to leave Las Vegas.

"I really like most of the schools that have offered me and are recruiting me except UNLV and Utah," Harris said "Washington State, Arizona, ASU and USC and Oregon State are ones I really like."

Harris will be at a USC camp this weekend and after that he'll turn his attention to helping his team get ready for the fall. The last two seasons, Palo Verde has fallen just short, reaching the state semi-finals each year.

"I didn't even finish track this year because I messed up my quad (muscle) and I didn't want to do states because I want to be ready for the football season," Harris said.

It's an impressive commitment considering Harris has 10.6 second speed in the 100 meters and has jumped 21-feet-11-inches in the long jump, both among the best marks in the state.

"We're going to be in the running for state," Harris said. "We have a lot of skill position guys back, we just have to rebuild our lines and then we'll be fine. I really want to win state."

Harris likely won't have a college decision until after his senior season is completed.

"I'll probably take all my visits and decided toward the end, but we'll see what happens," he said.

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