ATLANTA -- Hearing about high-level national prospects from across the country is becoming standard for Oregon fans. Oregon continues its search in every state across the country for recruits who fit what they are hoping to accomplish at Oregon. The 2011 class is certainly just getting started for Oregon. At this time, the Ducks have taken a conservative approach to offers and visits with recruits. But it's all in the grand scheme for Oregon head coach Chip Kelly. He's looking for players, but he also recruits with character that really show they want to be Ducks. One recruit from the state of Georgia seems to fit that mold. Defensive back Ronnie Harris gave Duckterritory the latest regarding his recruitment.
"Well right now I'm holding on to one offer from South Carolina, my first, and Harvard and Ole Miss just offered. I've been hearing from Oregon, Harvard, and Kentucky pretty regularly. Everybody is recruiting me as a cornerback right now. I'm about 5-10, 155 pounds right now. I also return kicks and punts at school and they have talked to me about that as well. Most of the time in school I play safety due to need, but if we play someone with a really good receiver, I go man up on them usually then. I was nominated for 5A player of the year in Georgia this year. That's a pretty big honor. "
Although Harris is quite the athlete on the gridiron, he also keeps himself busy in the winter and spring months. Right now he's playing shooting guard in basketball, he claims his team usually goes deep into playoffs, after that he jumps right into track.
Harris is no stranger to the west coast and the University of Oregon. He's actually quite the fan, and has a former Duck as his mentor that he stays in very close contact with.
"I lived in Puyallup, Washington about four years ago. My brother still lives there in fact. I became a fan of Oregon when I was back there. My mentor that I talk to at least two to three times a week if not more is former Oregon DB Aaron Gipson. He still lives out there and tells me about Oregon all of the time. I also talk to coach Neal from Oregon very often. Usually at least once a week I call him. I like him a lot, he seems very down to earth and I like that. "
Spring is already quite busy for Harris with track, but he mentioned he will be trying to get to some junior days and camps as well. He currently has visited Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Tennessee unofficially this past year. He's hoping to make it out for Oregon's junior day this spring as well.
"I was able to watch Georgia Tech against Virginia Tech this year. I also saw Tennessee. Coach Kiffin when he was there, called me and told me he loved my highlight tape. However since he left I have not heard from them except for "fan mail" type stuff. I'm trying to get to the Nike combine in Gainesville, we'll see. My [defensive backs] coach is my recruiting coordinator so we have to work it all out."
Harris also took a moment to break down what he's looking for in a school as he evaluates the process.
"Well academics are first. Always. I'm looking to major in premed or cardiology. I'm looking for a school that wants me. I would love to play early if possible, but that is not quite as important. My dad is in the military so we move around a lot, and distance is really not a problem for me."
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