December 5, 2012
Harris offers versatility
Josh Harris usually wears a cheerful smile, but undergoes a metamorphosis on the football field.
"He's just really good with his hands, and he just plays pissed off," Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton teammate and fellow Wake Forest commitment Cory Helms said. "He's mean. He always plays to finish. I think we both play to finish. We just bring a bit of a swagger to the offensive line, and just try to finish every time we block."
What also makes Harris special is his ability to play every position on the offensive line. The 6-foot-4 and 299-pound Peach State product will likely play guard for the Demon Deacons.
"I think I'm a very versatile player," Harris said. "I play tackle for my high school team right now. I'm a tough, physical player. I got a good mentality about the game. I'm smart."
"Obviously they're very thin on the offensive line right now, so he [Wake Forest offensive line coach Jonathan Himebauch] can't wait for me to get up there. He just wants me to come in and compete and earn playing time."
Harris, who is rated as a three-star recruit, the nation's No. 38 offensive guard and the No. 61 overall prospect in Georgia, works out every day after school with Helms. The teammates are even playing on a rec-league basketball team together.
He is looking forward to playing with Helms, his best friend, for another four to five years.
"We're both similar players," Harris said. "We're both physical and everything, but we also are good enough to move. We're just very physical players and tough players. We're smart with the game. We've had great offensive line coaches like Coach [Michael] Scott and [former NFL offensive lineman] Coach [Todd] Perry our other one. We're smart, we're physical and quick."
"I'm just going to go in there [Wake] and compete my butt off and give my best and try to play as much as I can, do whatever," Harris said. "It's the coach's decision after that. I'm going to be ready."
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