Andre Harris, the 6-foot-4, 325-pound four-star offensive lineman from Lovejoy, Ga., says he has written scholarship offers from Maryland, Georgia Tech and Central Florida and indicates that Tennessee has extended a verbal offer to his high school coach as well.
Harris said he favors Florida slightly over LSU, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Central Florida and Tennessee. He attended the Gators Junior Day about two weeks ago.
"I like the coaches at Florida," Harris said. "All the assistants seemed cool too. They are very friendly, but intense. They really teach you well and made me feel like I could learn a lot from them.
"Florida also has a great weight room and locker room," he said. "All the facilities are great.
"They said they only have three scholarship offers to give to lineman and that they'd like to check me out at their camp."
Harris says he plans on attending the Gator camp later this spring. He also plans on going to the Auburn Junior Day on Feb. 24 and will be at the Clemson Junior Day in March. "I went to a camp at Clemson as a freshman and it was great," he said. "That was my first real camp and they all made me feel very comfortable and I was really impressed with them."
The first school to offer Harris was in-state favorite Georgia Tech back in September. He says the Rambling Wreck are only about 30 minutes away and admits that distance may play a small role in his decision. "It isn't a factor right now, but it may be an issue down the line.
"I don't need to stay in Georgia or anything, but I don't want to go too far away," he admitted. "I'm looking for a good sports broadcasting major and want to play for a winning team. I want to find a school I'd like going to even if I weren't playing football."
Although he's close in proximity to Georgia Tech, Harris says that as a youngster he followed Tennessee. "I've been watching Tennessee since I was about seven years old," he said. "They are always in the top 25 and I like all the players they send to the NFL. My dad is from Tennessee, so I became a Vols fan too."
Harris said he is also considering attending the LSU camp. "They've got great prestige and just win a lot of games," he said.
"I'd like to go through the whole recruiting process," Harris said. "But you never know. I may end up committing early."
Harris has been playing football since he was seven years old and started as a fullback. He quickly grew into playing the offensive line. "I haven't played anything but o-line since I was nine.
"I have good feet, especially for my size," he said. "I'm very aggressive off the ball and I also have a nasty streak and always finish my blocks. Everything I do is hard-nosed.
"I have a tendency to stay up high and my main goal is to working on staying lower when I block."
Harris benches 390 pounds, squats 550 and has a 26 1/2-inch vertical jump. He claims to run the forty yard dash in 5.4 seconds.
Harris reports a 2.8 core GPA and is taking the SAT in May.