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All-State 2008: Javon Harris (Defensive Back)

By Brandon Chatmon Modified: December 28, 2008 at 1:44 am •  Published: December 27, 2008
LAWTON — The first time he got hit on the football field, Javon Harris stopped and thought: “I'm not going to I'm not going to be getting hit like that anymore, I'm going to start delivering the blows.”

That grade school memory pays dividends daily for the hard-hitting Lawton MacArthur safety. An Oklahoma commitment, Harris earned Oklahoman All-State honors as one of the top safeties in the state.

Harris had 83 tackles 5.5 sacks and two interceptions this season. He finished his career with 257 tackles, 11 sacks and six interceptions.

At 5-11, 179-pounds, Harris doesn't appear to have the size to play Big 12 football. But that's only if you haven't seen him play or played against him. He admits people see his size and underestimate him.

“I think so,” said Harris, who graduated early and will participate in spring football at OU. “Until I lay the thunder on somebody, then it's a different story. I don't care how big somebody is.”

What makes Harris a hard hitter is the fact he doesn't hesitate to throw his body in harms way.

“Growing up I always played with people that were older than me,” Harris said.

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