The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder was the Defensive MVP for District 21-6A as a corner? That never happens. It's usually at DE or LB or safety, but a corner?
Harris is a freaky athlete. Yes, he had an ACL injury during the State Semis against eventual Class 6A champ Westlake, but even his rehab is super-natural.
He will take official visits to LSU, Texas, Texas A&M, and Alabama in June. He's all business, but you have to be at North Shore.
I caught up with the National Recruit to see what makes this guy tick.
VYPE: What do you do outside of football?
HARRIS: "I enjoy kickin' it with my friends and family. Hanging out by the pool, watching sports, and just chilling really. I enjoy fashion, music, hooping, go-karting, paint-balling, anything that brings out my competitive nature.
"People don't know that I like to binge-watch shows and eat Chick-Fil-A almost every day, NO CAP! Outside of football, I love basketball."
VYPE: What are you doing this summer? Camps? Combines?
HARRIS: "I will be visiting my 'Top Four'. I recently had ACL surgery after the season so I will also be working on rehabbing and fully regaining my strength, flexibility, and agility. I'm definitely training to get ready for next season and college too. I'll be graduating in December and obtaining my driver's license this summer."
VYPE: What do you need to work on this summer?
HARRIS: "Getting my weight up, continuing to perfect my craft, studying for my ACT's, and just training to reach my full potential."
VYPE: Most memorable moment so far at North Shore?
HARRIS: "Wow, so many to choose from but winning the state title has got to be one of the most memorable moments. Not many people have had a chance to win or even compete for a state title, so I'm truly blessed."
VYPE: You dropped your Final Four. What is it about those schools?
HARRIS: "I have been blessed to have been recruited by most of the top programs in the nation but I chose A&M, UT, Alabama, and LSU because they are all-around great schools. It's not just in football but academics and school spirit as well."
VYPE: What college teams or pro players did you grow up watching? Any role models, and who do you try to model your game around the most?
HARRIS: "I watch and study tons of athletes but LeBron James and Kobe Bryant stick out most. Both are the true definition of leaders on and off the court. Their work ethic and will to win are unmatched. They've never been afraid to face adversity, take risks, and never listened to outside opinions.
"I try to take a little something from all the players I watch but Jalen Ramsey and Deion Sanders are definitely the most influential on my game. From the swag, the confidence, physicality, to the amount of respect they demand from opponents. It just makes for a great recipe for what you want in a lockdown corner! Not to mention the trash talk! I want the receiver I'm guarding to know from the moment he walks on the field that 'it's gonna be a long night'."
VYPE: What's it like being part of such a historic program and playing a major part in it?
HARRIS: Honestly, I couldn't have chosen a better program. We've dominated the last few seasons and I'm just blessed and grateful to have been a part of it. I'm thankful for the coaches who've helped me along the way and my teammates as well. I could not have imagined being anywhere else.
VYPE: Finally... What would your freshman self, tell your senior self?
HARRIS: "Your biggest competition and critic is going to be yourself."
BEAUMONT - Chandler Rivers is heading to Duke.
The 2022 three-star cornerback prospect out of Beaumont United announced his commitment to the Blue Devils on Monday morning via his Twitter account. Rivers held 23 offers.
"Duke just feels like home after talking with the coaching staff and the relationships with them," Rivers told VYPE via Twitter. "Then they are already academically sound which is what was a big part in my decision.
"Then talking to Coach Cutcliffe really sold the deal for me and let me know that's where I need and want to be."
Used to dream of more than gold medals now look at me dressed like a Blue Devil. #Dukegang pic.twitter.com/2jkCWMRoyM
— ℂ𝕙𝕒𝕟 ² (@_ChandlerRivers) April 19, 2021
Once the NCAA lifts the dead period, Rivers tells VYPE he does plan on visiting Duke but doesn't have a specific date set.
As mentioned, Rivers went into this decision with 23 offers on the table, including ones from Utah, Tennessee, SMU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, University of Houston, Colorado, and Duke.
"It was a little hectic at one point and then I started doing more research on schools and finding out what I really wanted out of a school," Rivers said about the recruiting process. "That made my decision way easier than it would've been if I didn't take time and actually do research."
Rivers finished this past season earning District 9-5A-DI honors as the district Mult-Purpose Player of the Year and first-team, all-district as a safety.
So, what does he bring to the table for the Blue Devils?
"My best attribute is that I'm a student of the game and that makes everything so much easier," Rivers said. "Because when studying film, I quickly notice tendencies of players and tendencies from the coaches too, so it makes my job very easy."
Rivers also played some receiver for the Timberwolves this past season and has excelled on the track this spring in the long jump, most recently winning the Class 5A District 21-22 Area Meet with a personal record of 22-feet-8.5 inches.
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