The majority of the top high school football recruits in Oklahoma desire for nothing more than a scholarship offer from a Big 12 or possibly a SEC school.
Not T.J. Harris.
The Tulsa Washington standout defensive end has the West Coast on his mind.
“I’m waiting for an offer from a California school,” Harris said. “I want like a USC or San Diego State. That’s where my dad is from and really a lot of my family is from out there. I spent a lot of time there when I was younger, so it’d be nice to get back.”
Harris enters his senior year as No. 30 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting rankings for the Class of 2015. He has scholarship offers from Arkansas State, New Mexico, Sam Houston State, and South Dakota, and has received interest from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Tulsa.
“The recruiting process so far has been great,” Harris said. “It’s been a blessing to get the offers.”
At 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, some of Harris’ offers have come as an outside linebacker, a position he says he’d be willing to switch to if necessary in college.
But this season he’ll remained focused on helping anchor the Hornets’ defensive line. As a junior he had 35 tackles, eight sacks, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
“I just want to be the best defensive end in the state this year,” Harris said. “I want to be All-State, All-District, just whatever it takes to be looked at as the best defensive end in the state.”
Looking ahead to his senior season, Harris has a Week 1 showdown at Midwest City circled as the Hornets will look to make an early statement in Class 6A Division II.
“There’s a lot of talk about us and them maybe being the favorites to make the championship,” Harris said. “So we’re ready to go out there and see who is the best right off the top.”