One high school in the Memphis area appears to be loaded with talent.
Whitehaven's Coach Rodney Saulsberry list over eight D 1 prospects coming out of this junior class, no wonder the veteran coach is smiling a lot lately. Whitehaven finished 10-3 this past season, with this group of juniors the Tigers will be one of the top teams in 2010.
One prospect that is getting a lot of attention for Whitehaven is linebacker and tight end Charles Harris.
Harris, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound athlete who runs the forty in 4.7 seconds, finished his junior season with over 70 tackles, three interceptions and one touchdown on a fumble recovery in the end zone. He earned All-District honors for his efforts.
Although Harris has no official offers yet, he is excited about how recruiting has taken off for the talented defenseman.
"Louisville, UCLA, Illinois, Duke, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Tennessee are recruiting me pretty strong," Harris told InsideTennessee.com Sunday afternoon. "The coaching change at Tennessee is interesting; we will see how the new staff recruits me."
Does Harris have interest in Tennessee?
"Oh yes sir, I would love to get an offer from them," Harris said. "I went to a skills camp there last summer. It was an eye opening experience, to see that much talent at one camp. I really liked the campus in Knoxville a lot; it was all up to date and new."
What makes Harris such a good linebacker?
"I love to pursue the football," Harris said. "I make great decisions on the field; I feel I'm a well rounded leader on and off the football field."
What does Harris like about Louisville and UCLA, the two schools that appear to be recruiting him the hardest?
"Louisville has a new head coach and he is pretty sharp, plus I like the fact that it's not too far from home," Harris noted. "UCLA is a different environment, it's a chance to get away, to get out of Memphis and start my college career away from home."
One fact that Harris and his parents are proud of is the fact that he is not only a good football player but also a great student athlete.
"I have really good grades, academics are important to me," Harris said. "I have always focused on my grades."