Georgia Lineman Getting Attention

Georgia Lineman Getting Attention

Joe Harris from Lithonia High School (Ga.) is a big, athletic offensive lineman and he's already receiving recruiting attention from some of the top programs from around the country. Notre Dame is a program that is looking at him and he'd like to hear more from the Irish.

Notre Dame has a solid group of offensive lineman committed to their 2011 recruiting class, but you need quality big-men in every class. Junior Joe Harris (6-foot-4.5, 290-pounds) will be one of the top linemen in the Southeast for 2012 and he's caught Notre Dame's attention.

"I get a lot of letter from them and they send me game invites," Harris said. "I know their program is good. I know they've had a good program and good football teams in the past. As far as going there, I don't know much about them."

Notre Dame hasn't extended Harris a scholarship offer, but if they decide to do so in the future, they'll likely find themselves in good company.

"I've got four offer, South Carolina, Minnesota, Clemson, and North Carolina State," he said. "LSU sends me a lot of stuff; Oregon, California, Georgia, Georgia Tech. There are a lot of schools that are sending me stuff.

"Most colleges are looking for me to play guard. I've played tackle for so long, but when I go to these colleges I look at the size of these tackles, I think I'll play guard. I'm not doubting what I can do. I could play tackle. I don't have any fear, but I think I can be successful playing guard.

"I've played all up and down the line though," he said. "I've played center, so it really doesn't matter where I play. I'm not going to complain."

Last summer Harris camped at Clemson and Auburn, Georgia. He also participated in the National Underclassmen Camp in Atlanta (Ga.) where he was awarded the offensive lineman MVP. Based on those performances, Harris is receiving plenty of positive feedback from college coaches.

"They tell me that I have good footwork and excellent hand placement," Harris explained. "I have good technique, good knee bend and I just keep going and don't stop until I finish my block."

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