Alonzo Harris knows five officials

Alonzo Harris knows five officials

All-State running back Alonzo Harris from Gadsden (Ala.) City High School is still looking for the right school to call home for the next four years. The first month of 2011 will become a busy one for Harris as he goes on a number of official visits to college campuses.


"I have to get with my coach on the schedule," said Alonzo Harris, "but I'm planning on going to Florida, Ole Miss, Louisville, Memphis, and Kentucky."

Those aren't the only schools interested in Harris's services. Mississippi State, Tennessee, Southern Miss, and Cincinnati are other schools still recruiting Harris, and he says that even though he's not visiting officially, they're still in the mix.

"I've taken a lot of unofficial visits," adds Harris. "I won't say the schools I'm taking my official visits to are my top five. I'm going to look carefully at each one and probably won't decided until Signing Day."

Harris, 6-1, 200, was Gadsden City's feature back this season. He rushed for 1,755 yards in 12 games for an average of 146.25 yards per game with 21 rushing touchdowns. Recently, Harris was awarded 6A 1st team All-State honors by the Alabama Sportswriters Association.

"This year I think I did a better job blocking," Harris said. "I feel like the biggest strength in my game is yards after contact. After breaking a few tackles I did a good job turning on my acceleration and breaking long runs."

The Gadsden City Titans finished 9-4 making it to the 3rd round of the playoffs. Harris played fullback as a junior. He teamed with 1st team All-State performer, Antavio Smith, in the backfield helping the Titans to their first 11 win season in school history.

"I'm going to miss being with my brothers," said Harris on his high school experience. "It was great getting wins, enjoying it with them afterwards, and being an example as an upperclassman for the other players."

Some of his fellow Titans teammates have already declared their college intentions. Anthony Swain committed to Auburn, Daryl Collins committed to Alabama, T.J. Worthy committed to Ole Miss, and Terrick Wright (All-State honorable mention) committed to Southern Miss. Harris is still weighing his options.

"My parents have an order set up we're looking at," said Harris. "The first factor is the school's graduation rate. I'm very interested in academics and want to do something in the Engineering field. The next factor is the rate of players the school is putting in the NFL. Then I'd say looking at the roster and seeing if there's a good chance for early playing time."

No matter where Harris ends up next year he knows he doesn't want to spend a whole lot of time riding the pine.

"My goal is to make it on the field by the first game," said Harris. "I know I'm going to need to increase my work ethic a lot higher than what it was in high school in order to do that."

Harris won his last game at Titan Stadium in Gadsden, a second playoff round win against Oxford. The next week the Titans were eliminated on the road against Mountain Brook. Harris wore No. 46 for Gadsden City. He plans to graduate in May with his class.

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