Evaluation: 2010 QB James Harris
James Harris
South Recruiting Analyst
Posted May 3, 2009


I spent some time at Etowah High School in Woodstock, Ga. last week. I went there to check on 2010 quarterback James Harris and I left very impressed. Find out my thoughts here.

Bill Stewart has a handful of college prosects at Etowah, but one really caught my attention.

James Harris is a class of 2010 quarterback and he is a definite Division I prospect.

He has an offer from Western Michigan at this time, but do not let that lead to your opinion on him as a player. He has a lot of potential and schools in the ACC and SEC are showing attention.

After watching his film, I walked away feeling he could be one of the best in the Peach State at his position if not the best when all is said and done.

Here is a break down of the 6-foot-2, 205 pound QB...

Strengths

Arm Strength: This is the first thing that jumps out to me about Harris. He looks to have the strongest arm in the state of Georgia. It gets out of his hand quickly and down field in a hurry. He makes the throws to the sideline, he makes the throw down field, and he hits the tight end quickly. His arm strength is a big strength of his game.

Mobility: He can also run, so he not only hurts defenses with his arm, but he can hurt them with his legs too. He is not a burner or a run first guy, but he can run a little read option, he can roll outside the pocket, and he can escape from the rush.

Setting His Feet: Etowah moves the pocket quite a bit, so Harris is on the move oftne in their offense. He does a very good job of getting set, getting his feet stationary, and delivering the ball. He plants his back foot well and really throws a good ball after getting settled.

Throwing on the Run: Some are set plays and some are prtoection break downs, but Harris does a very nice job of delivering a strike on the run. Whether it be on the wrong foot or a little off balance, he delivers the ball with velocity, he puts it in a nice spot, and he throws a very catchable ball for his receivers while on the run.

Timing: He has a good feel for the game at quarterback and he seems to be on time with the ball more times than not. Whether it be a quick hitter to the tight end, an out route to his receiver on the sideline, a dig route against zone coverage, or a go route down filed, he just knows the right time to get the ball out of his hands. He also has nice pocket awareness.

Weaknesses

Experience: 2008 was the first season starting on the Varsity level, so he does not have a lot of experience against good defenses. As a sophomore, he battled an injury, so he did not play in 2007. He did a nice job in 2008 despite being a first year starter, but experience is a big key when it comes to reading defenses, going through progressions, knowing when he get rid of the ball, and so on. He did pretty well as a junior, but he needs more reps.

Focusing On One Receiver: At times, he can stare down his target and that can really hurt him on the next level. He needs to learn how to look off the safety and not tip off the secondary on where he is going with the ball. He did not do a terrible job at this, but he can definitely improve here.

Overall Summary

Harris is a very good athlete and that could slow his recruiting in football down a bit. His first love is baseball and he is hoping to get some big-time offers in that sport over the summer. If so, then he is likely going to be playing that sport on the next level. If the right offers do not come along, then football becomes more of an option. There is no doubt that Harris has the tools to be a high level recruit and play on the ACC/SEC level, but will baseball scare top progams away? He has the arm, the size, the mobility, and the upside a lot programs look for.

Here is film from 2008 featuring Harris.


Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.



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