NexXt 2 Blow Brings You A Class of 2021 Two Sport Phenom

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Name: Donell “Slim” Harris

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 195

Position: DE

Team: Miami Booker T. Washington

Class: 2021

Gpa: 2.8

 

Point of View

Lebron James was recently quoted as saying Basketball players are better athletes than Football players. To any Football fanatic you would quickly dispute those claims, but on the other hand Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez & Jimmy Graham are exceptions to the rule. Class of 2021 D-End Donell Harris makes a great point in Lebron James favor, Harris is ranked 3# in the country by Coast 2 Coast Preps in Hoops. With a 6’5” 195-pound frame Harris who favorite player is Kawhi Leonard is a defensive standout & dominate presence on the hardwood just like Leonard. If you’re wondering how dominate here’s his stat line 25.3 ppg game, 10 reb, 5 blk per game for his Florida Lightening Supreme, Harris has a long wingspan that he uses to his advantage on the offensive or defensive side of the ball add a silky-smooth jump shot and you pretty much have unstoppable force on the court. Speaking with Harris in detail asking him which sport he loves more and instantly he said, “Basketball coach”, yeah, I know his football coaches are hoping that doesn’t interfere with him playing football. If Harris stopped growing today he can still be considered a future 5-star Defensive End, how could you ignore a kid that average 2 to 3 sacks & 5 tackles for lose a game not to mention he was good for at least 1 to 2 touchdowns receiving as well when you spread him out wide or put him at the tight-end position. So I asked Harris “Who are your favorite football players?” Harris replied “ J.J Watt, Kahlil Mack, Cameron Wake”, I don’t know about anybody else but if a kid mention those names to me as talented as Harris I would be hard pressed to keep him focused on football alone. Now sit back as I Flashback to Miami Dolphins Dade vs Broward Youth All Star game Harris made a statement that couldn’t be ignored and that was he was unblockable even alternating with other players Harris accounted for 3 sacks alone in just the 1st half of play. If you ask me who Harris compares most in terms of size & game, I’d have to say FSU D-End tandem Brian Burns & Josh Sweat which should be a huge compliment for Harris since FSU is his favorite College team. One thing that Harris does in both sports is show off his motor and his relentless effort to prove he is the best which he will say and prove anytime he is tested or challenged. This kid is just entering High School and is freakishly athletic in two sports so no matter if he has to one day choose one over the other this kid will be ok because he is just that talented in both sports, It’s one thing to be ranked highly in one sport but to be ranked highly in both is truly a blessing that Harris was gifted with. With all this kid athletic ability at the end of the day he is still a 14 year old kid who favorite subject is Math, who has aspirations of becoming a Physical Therapist when it's all said & done.

 

The Skinny

Donell Harris is an explosive player who will only get bigger and stronger.  I don’t think I have ever seen a player make as many tackles as a chase player as Harris. Not only does he have exceptional speed to make those plays, but it’s mostly about effort and desire. He is relentless. He is always attacking off the ball and puts his man on his heels during his pass rush. I would like to see him attack an edge more although he is really good at using leverage to overpower offensive tackles when he feels them over-committing. Does a great job at crashing down on pulling guards and forcing the play to bounce outside. He’s also athletic enough to react to that and still make the play. Is Harris athletic enough to drop into coverage or play on the offensive side of the ball and be nightmare to DB’s or LB’s he is simply a mismatch, even when he is cover he isn’t because this kid is jumping out the gym when it comes to catching passes at its highest point.? Sure he could do that, but I’d rather see him put in a position with his hand in the dirt where he can concentrate on getting after the quarterback. He’s the perfect player to play in a wide 9 and let him loose. Harris has the chance to be a special pass rusher and could see early playing time in nickel situations or a every down player if he adds enough weight to his frame. Harris could develop into a double-digit sack player when he transitions to becoming a starter.

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