March 17, 2008
Arkansas WR gets first offer
Lonoke, Ark. wide receiver Clarence Harris has been receiving correspondence from more than a half a dozen schools across the country and has now received his first official offer.
"I got an offer from Ole Miss last week, Harris said on Sunday evening. "They had told me they would offer when I got down on an official visit, but they just told me over the phone."
The offer came from Rebel special teams coordinator James Shibest, who recruits Arkansas for Ole Miss.
"Coach Shibest said they looked over my tape and liked what they saw, so they went ahead and offered," Harris said.
Harris, 6-foot-2, 180 pounds with 4.5 speed, said that he played at the end position most of the time for his Lonoke High School team last fall, but also played quarterback in the team's Wildcat formation. He also returned kicks and punts and had a limited role on defense. He projects as a wide receiver at the college level.
Harris rushed for 632 yards on just 67 carries and added another 721 yards on 46 receptions. He also threw for three touchdowns.
On the strength of his junior performance, he projects as one of the top prospects in state for the coming season.
The prospect is hearing from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburb, LSU, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Missouri and Tulsa, in addition to Ole Miss.
He names Ole Miss, Arkansas, and Tulsa as his early favorites.
"I like Ole Miss because Coach Shibest told me they'd be throwing the ball and I want to go to a school that throws the ball," Harris said.
Harris, who has never been to the Oxford campus, has started his research on the school.
"I looked them up on the internet and read all about them," he said. "It looked good."
Harris is not sure when he'll make his first visit to Ole Miss.
"They (the coaches) told me just to call before I come down," he said. "I plan on being down this summer for sure and may go before then."
Harris hasn't taken any visits to any school for junior day and is still working out plans for his summer camp schedule.
"I definitely want to camp at Ole Miss, Tulsa, and Arkansas," he said. "I've also got an invitation to the Dallas Nike Camp and may go there."
Lonoke, which is located just east of Little Rock, made it to the second round of the state play offs last fall.
Harris has a 3.0 GPA and said he plans to take the ACT for the first time in April.
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